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African-American History - Ku Klux Klan

Kansan Governor Henry J. Allen Takes On the KKK (The Outlook, 1922)

An article from THE OUTLOOK reported on the enormous amount of discomfort that the Ku Klux Klan was generating among Catholics in 1922 Kansas. During a New York interview, Kansas Governor Henry J. Allen (1868 - 1950) remarked about the piles of letters his office received imploring that the state take action and how he, too, had been threatened by the organization.

"Kansas is engaged in trying out the Ku Klux Klan through an action in the State Supreme Court to restrain it's secret activities."

 

Protestant Churches Condemn the KKK (The Literary Digest, 1922)

A couple of years after the membership lists of the Ku Klux Klan had swelled to record levels, and just seven years after a chic Hollywood film director made a movie which ennobled their crimes,the Administrative Committee of the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America issued a statement which served to distance the Protestant churches from that hate-filled organization.

From Amazon: Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK's Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930

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The Klan as a National Problem (The Literary Digest, 1922)

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.

 

The Klansman on the Supreme Court (Pathfinder Magazine, 1940)

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."

 

A Laugh on the Klan (Pathfinder Magazine, 1947)

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.

 


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