Dr. H.W. Evans, Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Leading His Knights of the Klan in the Parade Held in Washington, D.C. Digital History ID 2751

Dr. H.W. Evans, Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Leading His Knights of the Klan in the Parade Held in Washington, D.C.

Credit: Library of Congress
Media type: photograph
Museum Number: LC-USZ62-61303
Annotation: The three million members of the Klan after World War I were quite open in their activities. Many were small-business owners, independent professionals, clerical workers, and farmers. Members marched in parades, patronized Klan merchants, and voted for Klan-endorsed political candidates. The Klan was particularly strong in the Deep South, Oklahoma, and Indiana. Historians once considered the Ku Klux Klan a group of marginal misfits, rural traditionalists unable to cope with the coming of a modern urban society. But recent scholarship shows that Klan members were a cross-section of native Protestants; many were women, and many came from urban areas.
Year: 1926

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