Ku Klux Klan

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<p>The Klan of the 1800s was different from and the Klan of the 1910s and 1920s in two major ways. The Ku Klux Klan of the early twentieth century extended their prejudice to include more groups than African Americans. The new Klan disliked foreigners, non-white racial groups, and non-Protestants. During the nineteenth century, the Klan was strongest in the South, but during the early twentieth century, the KKK was popular in the North as well.</p>
<p>The Ku Klux Klan was especially strong in Ohio during the 1910s and 1920s. For example, in Summit County, the Klan claimed to have fifty thousand members, making it the largest local chapter in the United States. Many of the county's officials were members, including the sheriff, the Akron mayor, several judges and county commissioners, and most members of Akron's school board. The Klan was also very popular in Licking County, where the group held its state konklave (convention) in 1923 and 1925. More than seventy thousand people attended each event. The konklaves were held at Buckeye Lake, a popular tourist attraction in the early twentieth century.</p>
<p>By the mid 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan began to decline in popularity. David Stephenson, the Grand Dragon of Indiana and a part-time resident of Buckeye Lake, was arrested for assaulting a young woman. Other prominent members were involved in other scandalous or criminal behavior. While the Klan claimed to be a respectable organization, its members' actions sometimes were not. The Ku Klux Klan declined in popularity but saw a revival once again during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's 1950s and 1960's1960s. The Ku Klux Klan continues to exist in the twenty-first century. It is, however, at present, quite small in both numbers and influence.</p>
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