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African-American History - Ku Klux Klan

Post-War America and the KKK (Rob Wagner's Script Magazine, 1946)

Written in the aftermath of W.W. II, this is an article which cautioned that the KKK was attempting to pick-up where it had left off prior to the war and made known it's intentions to open a franchise in Southern California.


Klan Victories in Oregon and Texas (The Literary Digest, 1922)

"The Ku Klux Klan victories in Texas and Oregon, where the influence of the hooded organization is said to have elected a United States Senator in one instance and a Governor in the other, indicates to "The Nation" that

"the Ku Klux Klan has now passed out of the amusing stage and has entered the domain of practical politics to challenge our existing parties."


The KKK Popularity in Indiana (Atlantic Monthly, 1923)

"Don't ya know that ever' time a boy baby is born in a Cath'lic' fam'ly they take and bury enough am'nition fer him to kill fifty people with!"

Such thinking "is part of the state of mind that accounts for the amazing growth of the Ku Klux Klan in the old Hoosier commonwealth; that enables Indiana to compete with Ohio for the distinction of having a larger Klan membership than any other state. It helped make possible the remarkable election results of last fall, when practically every candidate opposed by the Klan went down in defeat."

Written by Lowell Mellett (1886 - ?), hardy journalist and son of Indiana. Millett is primarily remembered for his W.W. II days serving at the helm of the U.S. government's Office of War Information's Bureau of Motion Pictures (BMP).


Lofty Words Printed on Behalf of the Klan (The Literary Digest, 1923)

A collection of remarks made by Klansmen in their own defense as well as a smattering of similar statements made by newspaper editors and various other high-profiled swells of the day:

"This editor has repeatedly affirmed privately and publicly that he is not a member of the Ku Klux or any other secret organization. But when it comes to secret societies, he sees no difference absolutely between the Ku Klux and many others, the Knights of Columbus, for instance..."

Click here to learn about the origins of the term "Jim Crow".


The KKK Factor and the 1924 Elections (Literary Digest, 1924)

Written on the heels of the 1924 election, this article listed who among KKK candidates won or lost their respective contests. The journalist collected a number of opinions pulled from as many as twenty mid-western newspapers, including two Klan-owned papers: "The Oklahoma Fiery Cross" and "The Illinois Kourier".


The Klan Influence Within the Protestant Churches (Literary Digest, 1922)

"The zeal of the Ku Klux Klan to 'support the Church' has been displayed by many signs, and intimations multiply, we are told, that certain Protestant ministers are in its confidence and would seem on occasion to be directing it's activities. But to some ministers the Klan's mark of approval appears to be embarrassing, a favor which they would much prefer to do without. Scarcely a Sunday passes without the publication of the news that a Klan has visited a church in a body, simply to signify approval, or to remain decorously through the service."


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