The Ku Klux Klan Of The 1920s A Mainstream Organization?

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Brionna Palmer Professor Rodabaugk History 1051-001 October 4, 2017 Was the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s a Mainstream Organization? YES: Shawn Lay rejects the view of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) as a radical fringe group comprised of marginal men and instead characterizes the KKK of the 1920s as a mainstream, grassroots organization that promotes traditional values of law, order, and social morality that appealed to Americans across the nation. NO: Thomas Pegram, on the other hand, recognizes the Klansmen were often average members of their communities, but this did not prevent most Americans from denouncing the organization 's commitment to white supremacy, xenophobia, religious intolerance, and violence as contradictory to the values of a…show more content…
They often blamed immigrants for any substandard thing that happened. Historians went as far as to call the Invisible Empire the center of all things that went wrong in America social, culture, and politically wise in the 1920s. The Invisible Empire of the 1920s mainly came from the south and southwest. They never were fully mainstream due to the fact that they brought about a lot of drama and negativity as well as opposition. Many states even went as far as to banish the Invisible Empire or pass laws that did not allow masks to be worn so that the public meetings that the KKK held would be broken apart. Although, the KKK were not mainstream they did however interact with the mainstream crowd daily. They did this to attract new members to their heinous group. Members were often short-term and unloyal. The continuous violence, egotism, and unsuccessful political power plays drove many members out of the Klan in the mid 1920s. The Ku Klux Klan normally wore white hoods to hide their identity in public. They were not allowed to discuss with anyone that they were a member of the Invisible Empire. The leaders, however, freely expressed their participation in the organization. They went public with their beliefs and some practices as well as wrote articles and gave interviews. There were lists that only certain people of the members had access to. The lists were closely watched at all times. Enemies of the KKK often tried to steal the
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