Ku Klux Klan

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People in Klan costume posing with a Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad car. The railroad was one of the largest employers of KCK Klan members during the 1920s.

Proceedings of the Second Imperial Klonvokation of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, held at the Convention Hall in Kansas City, MO in September 1924. Several names of klansmen were redacted in this publication of the proceedings, including ones from Kansas City. Notable named speakers include George C.

Interview with Francisco Ruiz, Millie Rivera, Mike Sanchez, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Amayo, Carmen Ayala and others by Robert Oppenheimer as part of a project to document the history of the Kansas City, Kansas, Hispanic community.

A special bulletin by William M. Campbell, Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, providing his opinion on Alfred Emanuel "Al" Smith, the 1928 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate. Campbell opposes Smith on the grounds that Smith is an Irish, Catholic, and supports the repeal of Prohibition.

Letter from R. P. Spencer to Lloyd C. Clark discussing campaign logistics and courtesies and how various state politicians feel about his candidacy. He also discusses campaigning in Arrow Rock and Jefferson City, and warns that "a faction in St. Louis, friends of Igoe, and ...

Letter from W. R. Reavis to Lloyd C. Stark. Reavis writes that Pendergast's support is a good goal, but that he believes Stark's candidacy could still be successful without that endorsement.

Letter from R. P. Spencer to Lloyd C. Stark regarding a Democratic picnic in Arrow Rock and a rumor that Stark had been affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan.

Letter from W. B. Fahy of Monroe City, Missouri to gubernatorial candidate francis Wilson, describing the tactics of his opponent in Shelby County.

Klan members posed by train car

Like a prairie fire, a revived Ku Klux Klan (KKK) spread quickly across the nation in the 1920s, enrolling upwards of six million white, native-born Protestants into its ranks. Promoting “100 Percent Americanism,” “Protestantism,” “Law and Order,” and the “eternal maintenance of white supremacy,” the Klan found keen reception in quarters where the white majority population felt threatened by immigration, modernization, and illegal alcohol consumption.

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