During the 1910s, the Klan, which had
been defunct since the concluding decades of the 19
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. Many Klansmen in the 1920s –
1940s were lower to middle class whites who sought to protect their jobs and neighborhoods,
both from black migrants moving out of the South and new immigrants arriving in industrial
cities, particularly those from Southern and Eastern Europe who tended to be Catholic and
Jewish. This collection of materials from the Realm of California primarily includes
by-laws, correspondence, and publications.
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. The first Ku
Klux Klan, founded in 1865 in Pulaski, Tennessee, was primarily made up of Confederate
veterans of the American Civil War and operated under a decentralized structure in which
local chapters and bands were highly independent. The first Klan was essentially defunct by
the late 19th century.
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