Ku Klux Klan Unmasked

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Ku Klux Klan Unmasked
A number of expose`s were printed on the activities of the Ku Klux Klan against Blacks, Catholics, Jews and other minorities. In the early 1920's, the organization had a membership of close to 5 million. After receiving extensive publicity, the Grand Dragon was eventually indicted for murder, and membership dropped to 9,000 by 1930.
The Ku Klux Klan, which had initially been formed in the South following the Civil War, exhibited a complete rebirth in the new century. While still virulently anti-black, its new targets were Catholics and all immigrants. Its broadest base of support was in the Midwest, where the Grand Dragon was David Stephenson. The Klan's tools of intimidation were church burnings, lynchings, mutilations and whippings. Its political strength grew to the point that in Colorado, the governor, as well as a good part of the legislature, was beholden to the Klan.

On August 8, 1925, 50,000 Klansmen marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. The Klan declined very rapidly, however, when, in 1925, Stephenson was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.