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The Ku Klux Klan in Kansas City, Kansas 1921-1930.

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dc.contributor.author Rives, Timothy D.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-27T20:29:10Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-27T20:29:10Z
dc.date.created 1995 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-06-27
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1620
dc.description v, 103 leaves en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s in Kansas City, Kansas. A nationwide phenomena which gathered as many as six million members, the order arrived in Kansas City in early 1921. Responding to perennial local social, civic, and political problems, the KKK quickly enrolled hundreds, possibly thousands, of civic-minded, middle-class supporters. Nearly 900 of those men were identified for this study. Drawn heavily from the ranks of the small-business owner, clerk, and skilled craftsman, Klansmen were generally middle-aged, mainline Protestants who voted Republican and frequented lodge meetings. Conforming to the contours of Kansas City history, the Ku Klux Klan evolved into a vehicle of popular protest to challenge indifferent local elites. Despite defeating its political opponents, the KKK soon became the victim of its own contradictions and successes. Disagreement over "methods and operations," particularly the use of violence and economic boycott, forced 450 men out of the order in a single day. Still searching for a viable means of civic progress, ex-Klansmen organized "reform" Klans. These measures failed. By 1930, the order disappeared from public view. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Kansas City (Kan.)-History. en_US
dc.subject Ku Klux Klan (1915- )-Kansas-Kansas City. en_US
dc.title The Ku Klux Klan in Kansas City, Kansas 1921-1930. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.college las en_US
dc.advisor Patrick O'Brian en_US
dc.department social sciences en_US

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