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Monday, October 15, 2012

History: What is the Ku Klux Klan? (The Matawan Journal, 1921)

The 22 Sep 1921 edition of The Matawan Journal (pg 4) included an editorial titled "What is the Ku Klux Klan?"  The editor attributed a recent crime wave to the new Klan and claimed they were nothing like the Klan of the Reconstruction Era.

The writer spoke briefly but proudly of the short life of the old Klan.

"In the South there was a reign of terror, negroes were being armed, the supreme law of the land broken down and every barrier of race removed. Conditions warranted the organization of a law and order band and the Ku Klux Klan sprang up like magic in a night. It did its work and when the South had once become safe for the white race it went out of existence."


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