Citizen Klansmen: The Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, 1921-1928

Citizen Klansmen: The Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, 1921-1928

Citizen Klansmen: The Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, 1921-1928

Citizen Klansmen: The Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, 1921-1928

Synopsis

Indiana had the largest and most politically significant state organization in the massive national Ku Klux Klan movement of the 1920s. Using a unique set of Klan membership documents, quantitative analysis, and a variety of other sources, Leonard Moore provides a comprehensive analysis of the group's statewide membership patterns. Challenging traditional assumptions about the movement, Moore explores the reasons for the Klan's enormous popularity in Indiana and examines the social forces that led to its domination of state and local politics.

"Clearly the most important piece of scholarship to date concerning the Indiana Klan". -- Indiana Magazine of History

"Simply put, Citizen Klansmen is the best published study of the second KKK to date .... The author has presented a powerful argument that will profoundly shape the debate about the significance of the Invisible Empire for years to come". -- Reviews in American History

"For students of the Klan and historians interested in the social movements of,the 1920s, this work is a valuable and indispensable resource". -- Journal of American Ethnic History

A fascinating analysis of the largest state KKK organization of the 1920s

Excerpt

Scholars often study groups and causes with which they feel a certain affinity. This has been particularly true during the last three decades, as historians have delved into the lives of ordinary Americans in attempts to understand their contributions and reactions to the great forces of change that have shaped modern American society. As a result, historians have uncovered a vast amount of new knowledge about African Americans, Native Americans, Mexican Americans, immigrants, women, workers, the poor, and others who have faced the greatest barriers to social and economic opportunity and political equality.

Not surprisingly, historians generally have not felt a similar attraction to the people who joined or supported modern conservative and right-wing movements. These movements, after all, have sought to maintain many of the very barriers that other groups have attempted to tear down. Conservatives have struggled to uphold traditional patterns of authority and ethnocentric cultural values. They have attempted to and at times succeeded in thwarting civil liberties, pluralism, free political and artistic expression, and other freedoms crucial to the integrity of a democratic society.

At the same time, however, not liking conservative and right-wing causes is insufficient reason to ignore them or, more accurately, to be content with pat answers about the social, economic, and political forces that have made these causes so popular in . . .

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