The Rise of the Ku Klux Klan: Right-Wing Movements and National Politics

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Rory McVeigh provides a revealing analysis of the broad social agenda of the 1920s-era Ku Klux Klan, showing that although the organization continued to promote white supremacy, it also addressed a wide range of social and economic issues, targeting immigrants and Catholics as well as African Americans as dangers to American society. In sharp contrast to earlier studies of the KKK, McVeigh treats the Klan as it saw itself-as a national organization concerned with national issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816656202
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 5/6/2009
  • Series: Social Movements, Protest and Contention
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,564,270
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rory McVeigh is associate professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame.

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Table of Contents

1 The Klan as a National Movement 1

2 The Rebirth of a Klan Nation, 1915-1924 19

3 Power Devaluation 32

4 Responding to Economic Change: Redefining Markets along Cultural Lines 49

5 National Politics and Mobilizing "100 Percent American" Voters 86

6 Fights over Schools and Booze 112

7 How to Recruit a Klansman 139

8 Klan Activism across the Country 167

9 The Klan's Last Gasp: Campaigning to Keep a Catholic out of the White House, 1925-1928 180

Conclusion: Right-Wing Movements, Yesterday and Today 196

Acknowledgments 203

Notes 205

Works Cited 221

Index 231

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2014

    False info

    Democrats supported the kkk by ending the reformation.

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