Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan

Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan

by Todd Tucker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0829417710

ISBN-13: 9780829417715

Pub. Date: 08/01/2004

Publisher: Loyola Press

This long-forgotten confrontation between the Ku Klux Klan and the University of Notre Dame was a watershed moment in American social and religious history. Before May 17, Catholics struggled to gain acceptance in a Protestant America riddled with anti-Catholic bigotry. Within months of the South Bend riots, the Indiana Klan was in rapid decline, and Notre Dame's

Overview

This long-forgotten confrontation between the Ku Klux Klan and the University of Notre Dame was a watershed moment in American social and religious history. Before May 17, Catholics struggled to gain acceptance in a Protestant America riddled with anti-Catholic bigotry. Within months of the South Bend riots, the Indiana Klan was in rapid decline, and Notre Dame's national champion football team was the toast of an admiring nation. In this compellingly written narrative, Todd Tucker tells the tale of two strong institutions headed for a showdown. By 1924, the Ku Klux Klan was the most powerful organization in Indiana. It boasted 350,000 members -- one out of every three white men in the state. The Klansmen disliked and feared Catholics, whom they saw as aliens in a Protestant America. They especially loathed Notre Dame, the most renowned Catholic university in the nation and the symbol of American Catholic pride.

The clash between Notre Dame and the Klan was shaped by four brilliant and complex men: Fr. Edward Sorin, Notre Dame's legendary founder; Fr. Matthew Walsh, an intellectual and war hero who was president of Notre Dame at the time of the riots; Knute Rockne, the university's revered football coach who helped quell the street fighting; and Klan head D. C. Stephenson, an erratic genius whose sexual deviancy and murder conviction helped destroy the Klan organization that he had built. The dramatic events that unfolded during that violent weekend in May marked a powerful turning point for American Catholics as they continued to overcome widespread prejudice and take their place as accepted members of mainstream America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780829417715
Publisher:
Loyola Press
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
689,690
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Prologue: May 19, 1924xiii
1.The Antagonists1
2.Fr. Sorin and the Birth of Notre Dame21
3.The Reincarnation of the Ku Klux Klan43
4.Notre Dame and the Indiana Klan61
5.The Klan Takes Over Indiana97
6.In the Crosshairs of the Klan113
7.D. C. Stephenson's Grab for Power131
8.The Rally and the Riot145
9.The Ambush163
10.The Ascent of Notre Dame179
11.The Ruin of D. C. Stephenson and the Collapse of the Klan193
12.The Aftermath215
Epilogue225
Notes231
Bibliography247
Index253

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