For the first time the history of the K K K is told with a background of phenomenal research. In narrative form is traced the story of the organization, its origin in a small group of amusement-seeking young blades, developing into an all-encompassing machine of terrorists, self-appointed law enforcers. He sees its heroic aspects, as an essential antidote to carpet-baggers and scalwags of the reconstruction era, the one means of control in a period of chaos. He traces the involutions, corruption, misrule and violence perpetrated in its name. He covers the formation, general plan of operation, the realms of the ""empire"", taking each state individually, the leaders, especially the Grand Wizard, whom he proves to be Forrest, and the decline, after five years. Only the original K K K is discussed, but it is dramatically told with a wealth of incident.