Ku Klux Klan 

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    • How did the Klan increase its support
      • Exploitation of anti-immigrant fears
        • spread hysterica
      • Exploiting publicity
        • 1921 the New York World ran an expose of the KKK and there was a congressional investigation into financial irregularities which unwillingly provided a lot of publicity to the Klan
      • 'Birth of a Nation'
        • very christian a white girl was abused by a black slave, the KKK ;save the day'
      • Ritual
        • use of burning crosses,hooded costumes and mysterious names for ceremonies and meetings all seemed to appeal to a 'small town' mentality in search of excitement
      • Links to religion/morality
        • the KKK linked itself to churches, especially in rural areas
      • Use of professional promoters
        • such as Elizabeth Tyler and Edward Y. Clarke brought modern techniques to Klan propaganda
        • promoted their own newspaper the Fiery Cross
    • What was the Ku Klux Klan?
      • originated after the American Civil War.
      • members of the Klan were worried about Catholic and Jewish influence in the USA, the rising prominence of black Americans, and the apparent decline of morality in the USa

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