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Related Web Sites:
Ku Klux Klan poster, 1924

Ku Klux Klan in Wisconsin

Ku Klux Klan Parade


Read More About It

"The Ku Klux Klan, America's Recurring Nightmare" by Fred Cook

"Hoods, the Story of the Ku Klux Klan" by Robert Ingalls

"The Klan: An Overview from 1865 to the Present" by Barry Mishkin


Vocabulary:

initiation


Interesting Fact:

As the Klan marched down the streets of Madison, they were met with complete silence from the parade onlookers.


Study Questions:

  • What is the philosophy of the Ku Klux Klan?
  • Why was the Klan able to interest so many people?
  • Does the KKK still exist today?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the Ku Klux Klan:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on October 5:

    1892: The Dalton gang is nearly wiped out during a pair of bank robberies.
    1921: The first radio broadcast of the World Series occurs.
    1947: Harry Truman delivers the first televised White House address.



  • October 5

    October 5, 1924: The Ku Klux Klan meeting in Madison ended with the initiation of a class of women. The evening before, 2,000 Klansmen participated in a parade through the main streets of the city. Newspaper reports claimed the unmasked, white-robed Klansmen paraded through one of the largest crowds that ever gathered to watch such an event.


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