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John Harrison Volter

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This and other voices, selected from the Behind the Veil project of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, are part of the book/CD set REMEMBERING JIM CROW: AFRICAN AMERICANS TELL ABOUT LIFE IN THE SEGREGATED SOUTH (The New Press/Lyndhurst Books, Center for Documentary Studies). Begun in the late 1980s when several historians connected to the Center for Documentary Studies met to address their concerns about the relatively static historical interpretation of the age of segregation, Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South is a major research project investigating the complex realities and lived experiences of African Americans through first-person testimonies.
The lower class of Caucasians were recruited into the KKK by former rich plantation owners who saw a way to gain some of their property back.
Behind the Veil supports the creation and preservation of archival materials, including oral history interviews and family photographs; research and publication on all aspects of black life during the Jim Crow era; the teaching of African American history in schools, colleges, and universities; and intervention in public policy debates about the legacy of racial discrimination in America.


Listen to this Personal Narrative

Volter expresses his opinions about the origins and motivations of the Klu Klux Klan.

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