The Twenties in Contemporary Commentary: The Klu Klux Klan
From America in Class primary source collection "Becoming Modern: America in the 1920's": Spreading far beyond its southern Reconstruction roots, the resurgent Klan of the 1920s was a short-lived but potent phenomenon. By equating white Anglo-Saxon Protestantism with “true Americanism,” it fueled intolerance for blacks, Catholics, Jews, immigrants, and those it deemed immoral and lawless. Under the guise of patriotism and Christianity, it justified acts of intimidation and vigilante justice. As the Klan grew nationally, many “klaverns” eschewed violence while fostering suspicion and prejudice toward “the other” in their communities. The selections in this document, from commentary on and by the Klan, offer an overview of this pivotal movement of the 1920s.