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

Freedom's Detective: The Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Man Who Masterminded America's First War on Terror Review

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. Whitle

In 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 chance to transform Southern politics. Former Confederates and other white supremacists mobilized to stop them. Thus, the KKK was born.

After the first political assassination carried out by the Klan, 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 now call terrorism—investigations.

Like 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 Service.

Populated 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, Freedom’s Detective reveals the story of this complex hero and his central role in a long-lost chapter of American history.

Title:Freedom's Detective: The Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Man Who Masterminded America's First War on Terror
Edition Language:English

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  • Witchy

    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 A...

  • Dawn Michelle

    "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...

  • Craig Pearson

    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 inte...

  • Morris J.

    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 w...

  • Krisette Spangler

    The rise of counterfeiters and the Ku Klux Klan posed a different kind of challenge than the United States had ever faced. It necessitated the rise of a national police force that would be able to cro...

  • Shoshana

    Anyone interested in American history, particularly in the mid-nineteenth century and beyond, will find this well-researched and well-written book has much to teach us. Charles Lane tells the story of...

  • Brandt

    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 shou...

  • Jim Cullison

    A rather odd book that promises one story, then frequently wanders off with other tangential narratives that are far less interesting, not to mention unsolicited. There are intriguing questions left d...

  • Nichole Winsor

    I won an ARC through Goodreads giveaways. Let me start by saying that this isn't the genre of books that I typically read, I entered to win a copy thinking that it would be more focused on crime than ...

  • Jim

    A very clearly written biography of Hiram Whitely and the Reconstruction time period. I went in knowing very little about him, and was educated and enthralled throughout the entire book....