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The Ku Klux Klan is notorious for its terror and violence against Blacks in the 19th century and during the Civil Rights Era. Between these periods, a “second generation” Klan emerged and transformed into a social movement in part by leveraging mainstream media and propaganda to push xenophobia and ultra-nationalism throughout the country. While many scholars have written about the Klan of the 1920s, its significant presence on Long Island during that period has not been explored. Using historic newspaper databases and first-hand accounts from Klansmen themselves, this research will explore how the Klan gained a following of over 20,000 members in this region during a time of societal upheaval.



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From Southern Roots to Northern Soil: Unearthing the Ku Klux Klan’s Presence on Long Island in the 1920s