The Ku Klux Klan
A revivified Ku Klux Klan, bearing some resemblance to the notorious Southern organization of the nineteenth century, began to spread to the North in the winter of 1920–21, prompting a number of writers to examine the new group. One wondered what [crisis] or [menace] to American ideals had suddenly led to the resurgence of the Klan after a lapse of fifty years. Unless one existed, or was believed to exist, the Klan [must inevitably fall to pieces of its own weight.] And if the Klan were to spread all over the country, as its promoters clearly intended that it should, that felt need must be a national one.
The Klan, he found, was quite obviously directed against those groups who were [the storm-centres of present-day racial antagonisms in the United States,] which included the Jews, against whom anti-Semitic propaganda was [more open and active in America than at any time in recent history]; the Irish, who were the most obvious of Catholics in America in the twenties; the Japanese, who were widely regarded as undesirable landholders in California and as a potential enemy in war; and the resurgence of [the Negro question] as a result of World War I, which had brought many Afro-Americans north and raised them [for a time to unheard-of pinnacles of affluence,] which had collapsed in the postwar years, but had left them determined [to assert their rights as citizens in a manner offensive to the dominant white race.] The new KKK insisted that it was a law-abiding organization, intent on cooperating with the authorities, and that no law-abiding person of any race, creed, or color had anything to fear from them, but they did assert their intention to maintain Caucasian control of the United States.1
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Publication information: Book title: The Dollar Decade: Mammon and the Machine in 1920s America. Contributors: Gary Dean Best - Author. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 105.
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