By Leonard J. Moore

ISBN-10: 0807819816

ISBN-13: 9780807819814

Indiana had the most important and so much politically major nation association within the titanic nationwide Ku Klux Klan circulation of the Nineteen Twenties. utilizing a distinct set of Klan club records, quantitative research, and quite a few different resources, Leonard Moore presents the 1st entire research of the social features and actions of the Indiana Klan club and thereby unearths the character of the group's political support.Challenging conventional assumptions in regards to the Klan, Moore argues that during Indiana the association represented a very vast move component of white Protestant society. greater than 25 percentage of native-born males within the nation grew to become respectable participants. certainly, the Klan used to be again and again better than any of the veterans' firms that flourished in Indiana while and was once even higher than the Methodist church, the state's major Protestant denomination.The Klan's huge, immense acceptance, says Moore, can't be defined exclusively through the group's attract nativist sentiment and its antagonism towards ethnic minorities. relatively, the Klan received well-known help largely due to its reaction to renowned discontent with altering neighborhood relatives and values, difficulties of Prohibition enforcement, and growing to be social and political domination by means of elites. additionally, Moore indicates that the Klan was once obvious as a firm which could advertise conventional comunity values via social, civic, and political activities.It used to be, he argues, a move essentially involved now not easily with persecuting ethnic minorities yet with selling the facility of regular electorate to steer the workings of soiciety and govt. therefore, Moore concludes, the Klan of the Nineteen Twenties won't were as a lot a backward-looking aberration because it used to be an immense instance of 1 of the strong renowned responses to social stipulations in twentieth-century the United States.

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According to this interpretation, large numbers of Klansmen could be found in lower middle-class white and blue-collar neighborhoods. 10 Historians' just contempt for the Klan's intolerance certainly contributed to many of these conclusions. Much of the history of the Ku Klux Klan was written during the late 1950s and 1960s by a generation of scholars that had witnessed the horrific consequences of European fascism, the anticommunist hysteria of the 1950s, and the hard-fought battles of the civil rights movement.

Evans, the Dallas dentist who had left his post as overseer of the successful membership campaign in Texas to take charge of the national recruitment drive, wanted the Klan to be more than just a moneymaking scheme. In November, at the Klan's annual convention in Atlanta, Evans gained control of the national organization with the hope that he could make the hooded order a force in national politics. The details of Evans's insurrection have never been clear. What is known for certain is that Simmons agreed to relinquish the position of Imperial Wizard to Evans and accept the ceremonial title of Emperor, and that, within weeks, both Simmons and Clarke were removed altogether from the Klan organization.

Indiana's leading Catholic newspaper, the Indiana Catholic and Page 22 Record, reacted with alarm and anger to the Klan's appearance in the state, calling for Catholic solidarity against the order's "absurd" ideology and warning that Klan political power would threaten the lives and property of all Americans. The editors of the Indiana Jewish Chronicle and the Indianapolis Freeman also viewed the Klan's growth with great concern. The Chronicle followed the Klan's activities closely, characterizing the secret fraternity as bigoted, un-democratic, un-American, and a threat to the political rights of ethnic minorities.

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