Freedom's Detective The Secret Service the Ku Klux Klan

Freedom's Detective The Secret Service the Ku Klux Klan and the Man Who Masterminded America's First War on Terror [PDF / EPUB] Freedom's Detective The Secret Service the Ku Klux Klan and the Man Who Masterminded America's First War on Terror Freedom’s Detective reveals the untold story of the Reconstruction era United States Secret Service and their battle against the Ku Klux Klan through the career of its controversial chief Hiram C Wh Freedom’s Detective reveals the The Secret PDF/EPUB ä untold story of the Reconstruction era United States Secret Service and their battle against the Ku Klux Klan through the career of its controversial Freedom's Detective ePUB Ñ chief Hiram C WhitleIn the years following the Civil War a new battle began Newly freed African American men had gained their voting rights and would soon have a Detective The Secret PDF Æ chance to transform Southern politics Former Confederates and other white supremacists mobilized to stop them Thus the KKK was bornAfter the first political assassination carried out by the Klan Detective The Secret Service the eBook ↠ Washington power brokers looked for help in breaking the growing movement They found it in Hiram C Whitley He became head of the Secret Service which had previously focused on catching counterfeiters and was at the time the government’s only intelligence organization Whitley and his agents led the covert war against the nascent KKK and were the first to use undercover work in mass crime—what we Detective The Secret Service the eBook ↠ now call terrorism—investigationsLike many spymasters before and since Whitley also had a dark side His penchant for skulduggery and dirty tricks ultimately led to his involvement in a conspiracy that would bring an end to his career and transform the Secret ServicePopulated by intriguing historical characters—from President Grant to brave Southerners both black and white who stood up to the Klan—and told in a brisk narrative style.


10 thoughts on “Freedom's Detective The Secret Service the Ku Klux Klan and the Man Who Masterminded America's First War on Terror

  1. says:

    Freedom's Detective The Secret Service the Ku Klux Klan and the Man Who Masterminded America's First War on TerrorRamblings Freedom’s Detective grants us passage on a sobering journey through American history as we witness the advent of the Ku Klux Klan George W Ashburn’s murder and the daring struggle of a detective willing to uncover and expose those responsible Lane’s easy narrative places this nonfiction on top of the must have list for history majors espionage lovers and anyone who ponders whether man is truly all good or all bad all the timeReviewer SummaryAs head of the Secret Service under Grant’s administration Hiram Coombs Whitley suppressed the operations of illegal distillers exposed KKK klansmen and reduced counterfeiting all during a tense political and racial climateHowever Whitley could flip on a dime He could ambush an abolitionist with escaped slaves but later assemble a case for prosecutors in Ashburn’s death He blurred the line between right and wrong Ultimately a shady mission and bad judgment would abruptly end his federal careerAdditional InfoThis nonfiction contains a biography and notes in the back section of the book It does not contain footnotes throughoutReviewLane’s newest release titled Freedom’s Detective The Secret Service The Ku Klux Klan and The Man Who Masterminded America’s First War on Terror is a well researched captivating read of the ins and outs of the Secret Service and the man at its helm during Reconstruction The author’s narrative writing style made for an easy to follow read and the photos of key characters were a nice touch You’ll like this novel if you#1 Generally read nonfiction#2 Enjoy American history with emphasis on the Reconstruction era#3 Are fond of espionage#4 Like biographies#5 Wish to learn the origins of the Secret Service andor the KKKDisclosureI received a complimentary ARC of Freedom’s Detective from Harleuin Books via goodreads I’m thankful to the publisher author and goodreads for the opportunity to review this soon to be April release My review is an honest reflection of my thoughts and ramblings


  2. says:

    A rather odd book that promises one story then freuently wanders off with other tangential narratives that are far less interesting not to mention unsolicited There are intriguing uestions left dismayingly unexplored by this disappointing book is the rigorous enforcement of civil rights fundamentally at odds with the nation's commitment to civil liberties? Is American law enforcement irreparably damaged by an inability to emulate its European counterparts? These uestions are raised but never fully addressed by a book that ambles off into discursive alleys and anecdotes that frustrate and enervate the reader Skip it


  3. says:

    Freedom’s Detective The Secret Service The Ku Klux Klan and The Man Who Masterminded America’s First War on Terror takes us on a sobering journey through American history to witness the advent of the world of counterfeiting the rise of the Ku Klux Klan George W Ashburn’s murder and the politicians that helped both try and cover it up and then bribed and bought off people to help the murderer’s go free and the daring struggle of a detective and the forming of the secret service willing to uncover and expose those responsible at whatever cost This is a well researched captivating read of the ins and outs of the Secret Service and of Hiram C Whitley at its helm during Reconstruction The author’s writing style made for an easy read easy to understand and follow and the illustrations and pictures that are included are a nice bonus – I find it easier to “see” the person being talked about when I can see how they actually looked Whitley is a cunning man in his own right – ready to fight for the US and against the evils of the Ku Klux Klan but was also willing to fight against the very thing he was trying to vanuish when it met his own personal needs before the war he went and rounded up wayward slaves to return them to their owners He never ever took the blame for anything that happened negatively – either denying it vehemently or tried to push it off on other people – sometimes both Sometimes with success and others not so much He was in my opinion the perfect man to be a spy and to lead espionage against the evils of the Klan against counterfeiting and against evil in general He had a spy’s mind and a willingness to bend the rules to get what needed to be done done They say if you want to catch crooks and bad men you have to be a little bit of a crook or in this case a spy and con man yourself Be prepared though – many people I had previously held in high esteem President Grant for one – his willingness to release and pardon men convicted of murder in hopes the South would be willing to accept Reconstruction willingly shows just how weak and ultimately stupid he was in regards to just how powerful the Klan and white supremacy was slipped several notches in the reading of this book I realize that most of Washington is tainted but there are moments in this book that caused real frustration and potential headbangingagainstwall moments There were actual moments where I wondered just who really wanted the war to end and who really won when the Civil War did end And even though blacks were considered free there were many that still considered them to be “non human” and many of them were based in Washington and had fought for the North It was at times disconcerting and disheartening to say the least And the lengths that the politicians on BOTH sides were willing to go through to get “what they wanted at any cost” was appalling and frustrating to read If you know little about this time period this book is an excellent introduction to the evils that came out of the ending of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction It shows how powerful the South still was though bankrupt and poverty stricken otherwise and how strong the racial divide was and still is today in the Southern states I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in this time period and in spies and espionage and the beginnings of the Secret Service and the fight against the Klan Thank you to NetGalley and HarleuinHanover Suare Press for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review


  4. says:

    This is a must read for anyone trying to understand race relations in our nation today Mr Lane provides a riveting account of an early law man ironically often on the wrong side of the law who was one of the few who could break the Klan’s code of silence His and other efforts were not enough to turn the political tide but this story helped me understand the dynamics of reconstruction in a way I never had before Brilliant read


  5. says:

    This is a history book that is pretending to read like a novel The subject of the book is Hiram C Whitley a man of few morals who takes on the Ku Klux Klan The elements of general history are interesting but it is hard to get interested in anything related to Whitley He does not rise to the level of a hero of the Secret Service and the writing is too dry keep the readers attention


  6. says:

    The best part of the book involved the US Secret Service fight against the Ku Klux Klan


  7. says:

    Today's Ku Klux Klan is not what is used to be In its first incarnation following the Civil War 1865 1871 the Klan was a terrorist organization of a sort all too familiar to us in the 21st century The Klan attracted tens of thousands of men primarily in the Deep South who lamented the passing of slavery They were in effect the military arm of the Democratic Party which was then pro slavery A great many were former Confederate soldiersFor a time the Klan ran rampant terrorizing brutally beating and sometimes lynching Republican officeholders and sympathizers in the South They also turned violent against newly freed African Americans who dared to vote but their primary focus was political They simply rejected Reconstruction and set out to kill everyone in the South who worked to make it a realityAmerica's first war on terror?In Freedom's Detective journalist Charles Lane describes the Federal government's response to Klan violence once Ulysses S Grant succeeded Andrew Johnson in the White House Johnson a virulently racist Democrat had frustrated Congressional policies to bolster Reconstruction But Grant's victory in 1868 brought Radical Republicans into office And one of them serving as Grant's Attorney General hired a detective with a decidedly checkered career as the second director of the Secret Service later the United States Secret Service Lane describes how the new director fought the Ku Klux Klan characterizing his campaign as America's First War on Terror However a half century earlier Thomas Jefferson's war against the Barbary Pirates 1801 1805 could just as easily be described that way And that's what an earlier book has doneToday's Klan bears little resemblance to its earlier incarnationsThe Ku Klux Klan as Lane describes it bears little resemblance to the massive organization that was inspired by D W Griffith's 1915 silent film The Birth of a Nation The newly reborn Klan attracted millions of members in such states as Ohio and Indiana as well as the West and the South Its purpose was to terrorize and often kill African Americans But that second incarnation of the Klan passed into history by the end of the Second World War The decentralized and often pathetic version of the organization that cropped up following the war is fortunately a pale reflection of its history And it was one of the splinter groups that constituted the contemporary Klan that Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center crippled with a victory in courtHe fought the Ku Klux Klan — and wonFreedom's Detective is in part a biography of Hiram Coombs Whitley who ran the Secret Service under President Grant and a history of the Secret Service itself Lane describes Whitley as ethically flexible but the reality is much darker Whitley professed to oppose slavery but actively participated in capturing fugitive slaves His business practices were at best uestionable And later as Director of the Secret Service he carried out illegal assignments for his bosses and repeatedly lied in court about his actions But he was effective He ran a successful high profile campaign arresting moonshiners in Virginia and destroying their stills Then he succeeded whether others had failed in sending members of the Klan to prison in a spectacular murder case It was on the basis of those successes that Grant named him Director of the Secret ServiceFrom combatting counterfeiting to fighting the KlanThe Secret Service was then a new unit with a new and for the federal government essential mission the detection and suppression of counterfeiting Its work involved using undercover agents and that was highly controversial at the time But Whitley took to the assignment with great energy and skill He was not content to do as others had done and arrest small time peddlers of counterfeit bills and bonds Whitley went after the biggest counterfeiter of them all a wealthy New York businessman named Joshua D Minor And despite his success in ending Minor's counterfeiting career Whitley's battle with Minor ultimately proved to be his undoingVictory over the KlanWhile the Minor case was still dragging on in court in New York Whitley was assigned to suppress the Klan Lane recounts how Whitley recruited other detectives in his image—often with criminal backgrounds themselves—and sent them into the South as undercover agents The work they did was so effective that by 1872 the Klan had ceased to operate openly practically everywhere Yes Whitley had fought the Ku Klux Klan — and won Yet testimony in court in the Minor case and Whitley's involvement in an ill advised scheme to eliminate his boss's political nemesis forced Grant to relieve him as Director of the Secret ServiceIronically after a life actively lived on both sides of the law Whitley uietly retired to Emporia Kansas There he settled down with his wife adopted two daughters and grew wealthy as a businessman He died a respected member of the community in 1919About the authorAuthor Charles Lane is a former foreign correspondent for Newsweek and a former editor of The New Republic He now writes editorials for the Washington Post and is a freuent guest on Fox News Freedom's Detective is his second book about Reconstruction under the Grant Administration The first exploring an event that took place in 1873 was The Day Freedom Died The Colfax Massacre the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of Reconstruction


  8. says:

    In The War Before the War Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War by Andrew Delbanco I posited what that actually purpose of writing a history should be I believe that great historical works should be a reflection of the times that we live in and basically should be the embodiment of the old adage those who don't learn from the past are bound to repeat itSo how does Charles Lane's Freedom's Detective The Secret Service the Ku Klux Klan and the Man Who Masterminded America's First War on Terror work if we accept my conceit of how a history should work? From the title it seems like Lane wants to show us a mirror into our times invoking the term War on Terror creates specific connotations but whereas the current War on Terror invokes a vision of foreign brown skinned non Christian invaders for good or mostly for ill However the terror the focus of this book Hiram C Whitley fights is domestic terrorism that we can draw a straight line from the first Grand Wizard of the KKK Nathan Bedford Forrest to the Timothy McVeighs and Eric Rudolphs of the United States Because of this Lane's book is a bit of a misfire instead of focusing on the legacy of the Klan he instead focuses on Whitley's complicated and shady past and focuses on the violation of civil liberties that having a secret service read police may entail Even if Lane didn't feel the need to connect the Klan's actions to someone like McVeigh he could have also linked Whitley's innovations to the modern surveillance state enabled by corresponding technological advances Whitley was one of the first people to utilize photography in his investigations everything old is new again but Lane misses an opportunity here instead focusing on Whitley's shady past and the eually shady event that resulted in his dismissal This is mildly interesting but honestly I think the prevailing view of America's surveillance institutions and the people that run them is that those people live in morally murky lands to begin with Identifying Whitley as one of these people really doesn't do anything except prove that these kinds of people existed in the 19th century This is not a new revelation as Christopher Marlowe would proveIf you do not agree with my view of why a history should be written in the first place you may enjoy this book than I did The story is interesting and Whitley is definitely a bundle of walking contradictions However I'm pretty sure we all know someone like Whitley and the fact is that it is the human condition to be great and shitty simultaneously In that respect Whitley isn't really different from anyone else who has existed on this planet


  9. says:

    An interesting portion of history that I knew little about Enjoyed the book a lot


  10. says:

    The story of Hiram C Whitley who was called upon to penetrate the Ku Klux Klan and halt counterfeiting His unconventional methods running on both sides of the line of legality were effective but may have been one of the reasons Grant's time in office was considered to be riddled with corruption Still many of Whitley's methods are in use today interrogations of underlings to flip higher ups undercover operatives informants were started as part of his succeed by any means necessary credo The history is fascinatingThe narration was very uneven While the narrative was not poorly read anytime a phrase or word was a uotation the reader went into this scratchy falsetto that was very distressing And it was the same for any character It distracted me certainly


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