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Ku Klux Kulture: America and the Klan in the 1920s

Felix Harcourt

Abstract

Earlier studies of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s have largely focused on how and why the organization attracted and lost members. But to understand the Klan primarily as an organization limits our comprehension of the self-proclaimed Invisible Empire’s wider significance. This book argues that when we move beyond the fetishization of affiliation, we recognize the Klan’s broader power as a cultural movement. That movement unified nationally not around loyalty to a fractured and federalized hierarchy, but around an identity of white Protestant ethnonationalism consumed and reproduced in popular ... More

Keywords: Ku Klux Klan, popular culture, 1920s, ethnonationalism, white supremacism, anti-Semitism, anti-Catholicism, imagined community, cultural pluralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226376158
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226376295.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Felix Harcourt, author
Austin College