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Corporate Author Ku Klux Klan (1915- )
Title Ku Klux Klan, Realm of California records, 1922-1947.
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 Special Collections & Archives  KRC    IN LIBRARY
  
Description 0.42 linear ft.
Access The collection is open for research use.
Note The Ku Klux Klan is a far-right organization which advocates extremist reactionary currents such as white supremacy and white nationalism, and is opposed to immigration. During the 1910s, the Klan, which had been defunct since the concluding decades of the 19th century, was revived in Atlanta, Georgia, and spread across the country within a decade. The Klan's revival was due in part to urbanization and industrialization. Most Klansmen in the 1920s-40s were lower- to middle-class whites who wanted to protect their jobs and neighborhoods both from black migrants moving out of the South, and new immigrants arriving in industrial cities, especially from Southern and Eastern Europe, who tended to be Catholic and Jewish. The organization's publications and other rhetoric frequently referred to "Anglo-Saxon" and "Celtic" blood, implying a sense of nativism and descent from British revolutionaries in the 18th century.
Summary The collection includes correspondence and memebership cards from Fresno or Los Angeles, and newspaper and pamphlet literature. In many cases individuals named in the correspondence and membership cards have been blacked or cut out.
During the 1910s, the Klan, which had been defunct since the concluding decades of the 19th century, was revived in Atlanta, Georgia, and spread across the country within a decade. The Klan's revival was due in part to urbanization and industrialization. Most Klansmen in the 1920s-40s were lower- to middle-class whites who wanted to protect their jobs and neighborhoods both from black migrants moving out of the South, and new immigrants arriving in industrial cities, especially from Southern and Eastern Europe, who tended to be Catholic and Jewish. This collection of materials from the Realm of California includes by-laws, correspondence, some publications, and other materials.
Note Unknown source; Gift; 1970.
Subject Ku Klux Klan (1915- ) -- California.
Nativistic movements -- California.
Collection Title California Collection.
OCLC number 16666410