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Warren?s novel. There is a conflicting relationship between the Ku Klux Klan and Penn Warren?s novel. At times the seem to have much in common, whereas in other locations they appear to be at opposite ends of the (proverbial) spectrum. To begin with, in many ways there are several similarities between the two. First, there is the remarkable usage of racist language. In most Ku Klux Klan artifacts, whenever there is writing present, blacks are refereed to by using racial epitaphs (the ?N? word). This is a trend that shows a remarkable consistency, one that is on almost all writings produced by the Ku Klux Klan. Another similarity is the economic status of blacks. In the novel it would appear that all blacks are employed in backing, manual labor on a farm. This is almost exactly

what the Ku Klux Klan wanted. The Ku Klux Klan envisioned an economy in which all whites were business owners, with a plentiful supply of cheap, black labor (Jenkins p. 242). While this doesn?t exactly make the people of the novel racist, it does raise questions. This is because if the Ku Klux Klan wants something, then more then likely it is tainted with racism. These facts would seem to say that the novel takes place in a place of racism, but there are a few things to consider first. The first of this is that there are no examples, in the novel, of active racism. To be sure, there is foul word usage, but there isn?t are active racism. There is violence or terror being committed towards blacks, nor is there any denying of rights. These activities are among the hallmark

activities of racism, but the are lacking in this novel. This brings us to the next and final point. Are the people in this novel racist? At first view, it would appear so. There is racist language, and the blacks are being held down in jobs of a lower status then the white people have. However, on a deeper inspection, you would see that all is not as it appears. As noted earlier, there is no examples of active racism in this book. There is some racist language, but does that really make someone racist? It appears that these people are less practitioners of racism, as they are victims of their environments. Most people in this novel are from poorer families of Louisiana. These families, more likely then not, would have raised the people in an atmosphere of racism. This would

desensitize the people to racism, leading them to think nothing of it. This would make the people (unwitting) agents of the society of evil that they were raised in. When examined in this light, it appears that there really is much less of a connection between Penn Warren?s novel and the Ku Klux Klan then appears at first glance. In conclusion, there is not much of a connection between Louisiana (as displayed by Penn Warren) and Ku Klux Klan. To be sure, there are several connections, such as the choice of diction and socio-economic status of the blacks. However, when viewed as a whole, there is not a very strong connection between the two. This is due to the environment in which the people would have been raised in (as shown by Penn Warren through his writing). This would force

the people to act as they did, not through being racist, but more as being ?brainwashed? by being raised in the wrong way. Clary, Johnny Lee. ?Boys in the Hoods.? Pneuma Life Publication. 1995 Jenkins, William D. ?Inside the Klavern: The Secret History of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920?s.? The Journal of American History. 87 June 200 p. 211-237 MacLean, Nancy. ?Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan.? Oxford University Press. 1994 McVeigh, Rory. ?Structural Incentives For Conservative Mobilization: Power Devaluation and the Rise of the Ku Klux Klan, 1915-1925.? Social Forces. 77 Jun 1999 p.78-86 Schwartz, Frederic D. ?The Klan on Parade.? America Heritage. 51 Jul/Aug 2000 p. 164-192 Warren, Robert Penn. ?All The Kings Men.? Harcourt Brace & Company.

1946 Weller, Worth H. ?Under The Hood: Unmasking The Modern Ku Klux Klan.? Dewitt Books 1998