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'AMERICAN EXEPRIENCE: Klansville U.S.A.'
(DVD / NR / 2015 / PBS)

Overview: Having been dormant for decades, the Ku Klux Klan reemerged in the U.S. after the 1954 Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education decision, gaining momentum in the U.S. as the civil rights movement grew. That the Klan would rise once again wasn't surprising, but where the reincarnation took place was.

DVD Verdict: 'Klansville, U.S.A.' is a show about the rise of the KKK in North Carolina in the 1960s thanks to the work of a guy named Bob Jones (no apparent affiliation with the university in South Carolina). What life was like in this relatively 'moderate' southern state is discussed as well as what it is like there today.

Over the years, the PBS series The American Experience made a bunch of great films - particularly ones they made about the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. So, I wasn't at all surprised to see this new one about the rise of the KKK in North Carolina in the 1960s. However, I would not place this among the best of these shows - and this might just be because I've seen so many of the shows. In other words, for a person who isn't a rabid fan of the series might have a very different reaction and might enjoy it more than me. It is well made, I'll give it that. [PR] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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