The only effort I ever made was to state on divers[e] occasions that I was not a member of the Klan. Would Democrats in Indiana and the country cater to the secret organization for their vote or disavow them as counter to the very principles of democracy? With individual exceptions, the party chose the later, albeit feebly, inserting an anti-Klan plank in their platform at the state and national level, without calling out the organization by name. When questioned, Ralston consistently and repeatedly denied any affiliation with the Klan.
Print Scott McLemee reviews a new book that focuses on the prominence of the Ku Klux Klan throughout American social and political life during the s.
The review first appeared in two parts part one and part two at Inside Higher Ed.
The Klan's demographics have been analyzed. The legacy of Klan feminism has been unearthed, surely to great embarrassment in both camps standing to inherit it.
As much of the history of the Klan in Canada has been chronicled as anyone is likely ever to need. No scholarship addresses the Klan in LGBT studies, to the best of my knowledge, but watch this space. Norton and Companyby Linda Gordon, a professor of history at New York University, is a late addition to a very crowded shelf.
The book makes its contribution chiefly as a work of synthesis; its endnotes point, for the most part, to earlier studies rather than primary sources. An overview of the subject is valuable, especially given the natural tendency of monographs to stress what distinguishes one region's KKK from others.
Klansmen in Utah in the s, for example, were non-Mormons who big surprise hated Mormons, who in El Paso were not an issue. Gordon bends the stick the other way, emphasizing broad patterns. And this has the effect of making the book more timely than even the headlines of this past August, following the far right's rally and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, would suggest.
Klan activity has gone through three distinct phases over the past years--with so little continuity of personnel between them that we're really talking about three distinct organizations. They share certain symbols, rituals and hatreds, of course, deriving from the original group that took shape in the South during the early years of Reconstruction.
This was a fraternity its name deriving from the Greek kuklos, circle devoted to terrorizing African American freedmen and anyone helping to secure their rights.
It was a relatively small and short-lived group. The second Klan emerged in the wake of D.
In adapting from Thomas Dixon Jr. The robes and burning crosses of the original Klan were meant to terrify, but on screen they were spectacular.
Furthermore, the spectacle reached an audience of millions across the entire country. THE 20th-century Klan had a few lackluster years before it took off in the early s, with an updated message of nativism, anti-Catholicism, anti-Semitism and the need to preserve traditional family values from the influence of liberal elites.
At its peak, the Klan claimed to have 4 to 6 million members or more--a figure only credible if it includes 4 or 5 million who signed up during a recruitment drive and then quit after a couple of meetings. If so, that would leave a million members, out of a population that the census determined to be million.
Up to 50, to 60, of them turned out in full regalia to march on Washington, first in and again the following year. It was downhill from there.
Scandals and clique warfare took their toll. By the onset of the Depression, the second Klan was effectively finished as an organization of national scope. The civil rights movement inspired a revival of sorts--though without anything like the second Klan's growth rate or public clout.
Warnings of a new, revitalized KKK--one using the latest resources to spread its influence and menace--spring up every few years.
David Duke managed to become a name known to everyone in America except, it seems, Donald Trump. But every such development should be kept in perspective.
A shared commitment to white supremacy only counts for so much given all the bad blood. The mass movement depicted in The Second Coming of the KKK can be unnerving to study not for its hatreds but for its normality. Then, as now, liberals are liable to pathologize such a movement.
But the political and cultural beliefs of Klansmen--that immigrants were stealing their jobs, for example, or that white Protestants were becoming almost powerless in "their own country"--were widespread enough to count as mainstream.The Ku Klux Klan, with its long history of violence, is the most infamous — and oldest — of American hate groups.
Although black Americans have typically been the Klan's primary target, it also has attacked Jews, immigrants, gays and lesbians and, until recently, Catholics. Dec 04, · Klan members or Klan-endorsed politicians held the governor’s office in Oregon, Texas and Colorado; it controlled mayor’s offices from Portland, Me., to Portland, Ore.
The Ku Klux Klan demonstrates in Washington, D.C. during the summer of REFERRING TO the KKK in the singular, as "the Klan," is both a convenience and somewhat misleading.
The Ku Klux Klan was and is undeniably a terrorist organization—but what made the Klan an especially insidious terrorist organization, and a threat to civil liberties, was that it functioned as the unofficial paramilitary arm of Southern segregationist governments. Mar 13, · Documentary detailing the history of the Ku Klux Klan.
A racist far right extremist movement founded in which reached unprecedented popularity during th. (Most stuff about the Ku Klux Klan of various timelines in general get very little attention.) Virtually the entire book focuses on the 's Invisible Empire and then the author only gives the spotlight to the politics of each state.
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