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…  See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780829417715
Publisher:
Loyola Press
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
438,579
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

1The antagonists1
2Fr. Sorin and the birth of Notre Dame21
3The reincarnation of the Ku Klux Klan43
4Notre Dame and the Indiana Klan61
5The Klan takes over Indiana97
6In the crosshairs of the Klan113
7D. C. Stephenson's grab for power131
8The rally and the riot145
9The ambush163
10The ascent of Notre Dame179
11The ruin of D. C. Stephenson and the collapse of the Klan193
12The aftermath215

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