In this program, Indiana University’s James Madison examines the Ku Klux Klan in 1920s America, with a focus on Indiana. Professor Madison explains how the KKK formed in the South after the Civil War as an organization made up of Confederate veterans fighting against Reconstruction and citizenship for African Americans. In the 1920s, Professor Madison contends, the KKK had a revival and expanded its influence beyond the South, as some white Protestants were drawn to the group’s disdain for Catholics, foreigners, cultural change and the consumption of alcohol. The Indiana University Alumni Association & Indiana University Lifelong Learning organized this class.
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