Teddy Roosevelt's (1858 - 1919) magazine THE OUTLOOK, was consistently critical of the Ku Klux Klan, yet in this brief notice the magazine seemed comparatively neutral in it's reporting of Klan growth and activity.
A two page article reporting on the growth of the KKK throughout the United States in the early Twenties, it's general rise in popularity and the resolve of elected officials at both the state and Federal levels to contain the "Invisible Empire".
Interesting comments can be read by a reformed Klansman named H.P. Fry, who authored a cautionary memoir titled, The Modern Ku Klux Klan.
Attached is a 1922 report from THE LITERARY DIGEST regarding how remarkably close two KKK candidates came to winning their respective state primaries. These two political contests, which took place in Oregon and Texas, caught national attention and became popular subjects of concern in many newspapers across the United States:
"The closeness of the vote ought to be a warning...If the Ku Klux Klan insists on entering politics, good citizens must show it the way out."
When the U.S. Supreme Court gave their decision concerning the 1940 appeal of a lower court's verdict to convict three African-Americans for murder, civil libertarians in Washington held their collective breath wondering how Justice Hugo Black approached the case. Black, confirmed in 1937 as FDR's first court appointee, admitted to having once "been made a 'life member' of the Ku Klux Klan. This column was one of any number of other articles from that era that reported on the Alabaman's explanation behind his Klan associations:
"I did join the Klan... I later resigned. I never rejoined."
In 1947 KKK-infiltrator Stetson Kennedy
(1916 – 2011) wished to harness the power of government in order to parody, rather than eliminate the KKK:
"Stetson Kennedy, author of the KKK-exposing books Southern Exposure and Imperial Wizard asked for an Illinois state charter to set up a mock KKK group that would have as officers 'a Negro, a Jew, a Roman Catholic and an American Indian.'"
Illinois Secretary of State Edward Barrett denied Kennedy's application but his harsh criticism regarding the Klan's loathsome history was read into the records of the state legislator.