"During times of crisis or uncertainty, people often resort to rumors, or stories ciruclated without facts to confirm the truth, to help them cope with anxieties and fears. Of all the rumors, racial and hate rumors are considered the most dangerous because they are divisive and create hostility that can lead to violence."
—Susan Campbell Bartoletti, writing about the 1866 founding of the Ku Klux Klan, in They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group (Houghton Mifflin, 2010)
Bartoletti's new book is a nominee in the Middle Grade/Young Adult Nonfiction category of the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (the Cybils).