Reconstruction Period Research Forum
The Story of Claudia Sanders
In Response To: KKK ~ Myth or Reality ()
We cannot be still: The story of Claudia Sanders
Claudia Thomas Sanders pursued a course of moderation in her approach to race relations in 1957. Despite this, the Independent Knights of the Ku Klux Klan bombed her home. Ostracized by family and friends, the South Carolina native experienced the harsh realities of deviating from southern norms during the latter days of the Jim Crow South. In spite of her elite status and a South Carolina exclusive pedigree, Sanders shows that every southern liberal could be exposed to the violent repercussions of their progressive views. Drawing from the tenets of her faith, Sanders' religious convictions played a decisive role in an essay she submitted in 1957 to a pamphlet South Carolinians Speak. Her story demonstrates the multifaceted experiences of white southerners who chose to promote racial justice in spite of white segregationist ideology.