White Robes, Silver Screens: An Interview with Tom Rice

By Maria Moss

Tom Rice is Senior Lec­tur­er in Film Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of St Andrews and the author of White Robes, Sil­ver Screens: Movies and the Mak­ing of the Ku Klux Klan (2015). In this book, he exam­ines the inte­gral role of cin­e­ma in the for­ma­tion, devel­op­ment, and demise of the Ku Klux Klan between 1915 and 1944. Through a range of sources – includ­ing Klan news­pa­pers, cen­sor­ship files, and per­son­al papers – the book explores the ways in which the Klan used, pro­duced, and protest­ed against the film indus­try in order to recruit mem­bers, gen­er­ate pub­lic­i­ty, and define itself as a tra­di­tion­al Protes­tant Amer­i­can organization.

The fol­low­ing inter­view took place in Decem­ber 2016 (note the Advent wreath).

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