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|
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.
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