St. Paul, MN 55102
Join historian Linda Gordon for a presentation on the history of the Ku Klux Klan.
A new KKK arose in the early 1920s, a less violent but equally virulent descendant of the small, terrorist Klan of the 1870s. This second Klan flourished above the Mason-Dixon Line with an army of 4-6 million members who spanned the continent.
Comprised of native-born white Protestant businesspeople, farmers, craftsmen, professionals, and about 1.5 million women, the second Klan used its newfound middle class respectability to terrorize Catholics, Jews, and African Americans. It also worked to elect thousands to state offices and more than 100 people to national offices, while successfully lobbying for national anti-immigration laws and leaving a deep and permanent mark on American politics.
Linda Gordon is professor of history at New York University and author of The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition.
Lectures are offered at 10 am and 2 pm.
2018-11-03 10:00:00 2018-11-03 10:00:00 America/Chicago The KKK & the American Political Tradition Minnesota History Center