‘Understanding America’s First Organized Terrorist Group’ to be presented April 8 at The U

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Political Science League and the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at The University of South Dakota are sponsoring a presentation by Dr. J. Michael Martinez, “Understanding America’s First Organized Terrorist Group: How the Ku Klux Klan Arose During Reconstruction and Why It Failed,” on Tuesday, April 8 at 4 p.m. in Farber Hall.

Martinez, a corporate attorney who also teaches political science as a part-time faculty member at Kennesaw State University, has had more than a dozen articles published in academic journals and popular history magazines. He has co-edited and contributed to chapters in academic texts, including "Ethics and Character: The Pursuit of Democratic Virtues," "Confederate Symbols in the Contemporary South" and "The Leviathan’s Choice: Capital Punishment in the Twenty-first Century."

In addition, Martinez is the author of three publications, "Life and Death in Civil War Prisons," "Carpetbaggers, Cavalry, and the Ku Klux Klan: Exposing the Invisible Empire During Reconstruction," and "Administrative Ethics in the Twenty-first Century."

For more information about the program "Understanding America's First Organized Terrorist Group: How the Ku Klux Klan Arose During Reconstruction and Why It Failed," which is free and open to the public, or the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership, please contact the Farber Center at (605) 677-5702 or via e-mail at Farber.Center@usd.edu.