Thomas Dixon’s Uncle and Western North Carolinians as Klansmen and Statesmen
Thomas Dixon dedicated The Clansman, his fictionalized account of Klan Activity on the North–South Carolina border, to Leroy Mangum McAfee. McAfee's largest claim to fame today comes from Dixon's brief description of him, noted in several histories of the Reconstruction period. Fictionalizations of McAfee and his Klan coconspirators were once part of the prevalent view of Reconstruction in the early twentieth century because of the popularity of The Clansman and another Dixon novel, The Leopard's Spots. The Clansman and The Leopard's Spots both reveal that, to Dixon, the main preservers of American civilization during the Reconstruction came from the hills, not the piney woods or the flat, sandier tidewater soil usually associated with the plantation South.
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