The Ku Klux Klan in the City, 1915-1930 by Kenneth T. Jackson download in iPad, ePub, pdf
The lieutenant had a pistol in his hand and he and the captain sat down while eight or ten men stood inside the door and the porch was full. The Klan had a nationwide reach by the mids, with its densest per capita membership in Indiana. Attorney General Amos Tappan Ackerman led the prosecutions. As new populations poured into cities, rapidly changing neighborhoods created social tensions. The Klan used public violence against black people and their allies as intimidation.
Its purposes were political, but political in the broadest sense, for it sought to affect power relations, both public and private, throughout Southern society. Agents of the Freedmen's Bureau reported weekly assaults and murders of blacks. The distinctive white costume permitted large-scale public activities, especially parades and cross-burning ceremonies, while keeping the membership rolls a secret. Membership in the Klan turned over rapidly as people found out that it was not the group which they had wanted. Buffalo, the westernmost large city in New York State, owes its economic development primarily to the opening of the Erie Canal.
Because of the rapid pace of population growth in industrializing cities such as Detroit and Chicago, the Klan grew rapidly in the Midwest. She heeded the warning and left the county. In the rest of the country, the membership comprised both Republicans and Democrats, as well as independents.
Disaffection with Holden's actions contributed to white Democratic legislators impeaching him and removing him from office, but their reasons for doing so were numerous. The organizer kept half the money and sent the rest to state or national officials. Thomas Heflin, who served as a U. In the South, where the great majority of whites were Democrats, the Klansmen were Democrats. The Klan's leadership wanted to keep their options open and repeatedly announced that the movement was not aligned with any political party.
These mass parades would become another hallmark of the new Klan that had not existed in the original Reconstruction-era organization. The Klan flourished in Alabama and across the South, but large chapters also formed in other regions, such as the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest.
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