In the Shadow of the Klan, Phil Goodstein

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A white sheet enveloped Denver in the mid-1920s. The mayor, governor, and majorities of city council and the Colorado House of Representatives were members of the Ku Klux Klan. At least one-quarter of the population allied itself with the masked marauders. Backers projected themselves as "100-percent Christian Americans"; who were practicing patriotism by forcing everybody else to accept their normas. The Colorado Klan of the 1920s projected itself as standing in the American reform tradition. It embraced the distribution of information about birth control and sought to make public schools into compulsory institutions. Numerous previous supporters of the Progressive movement allied themselves with it. In the shadow of the Klan not only examines the Klan in Denver, but traces its impact on all of Colorado. Despite being anti-Semitic, the Klan had a Jewish layers, Ben Laska. The anti-Catholic KKK teamed up with the Catholic hierarchy and corporate Denver to oust internationally acclaimed Juvenile Court Judge Ben Lindsey. By emphasizing such ironies, the book serves as a reminder of what happened in the 1920s so citizens will be able to avoid comparable developments in the future.

  • Publisher : New Social Publications; 1st Edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 500 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0974226416
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0974226415
  • Item Weight : 1.8 pounds