Second Era Activities:
After the Ku Klux Klan fought for “White Rights” in the south, a more organized, second era Klan began in Georgia on Thanksgiving night in 1915. The clan was started by Colonel William Joseph Simmons as an anti-communist, anti-immigration, and America first league. Not much else is known about Klan activities until 1925, but it is known that between 1915-1927 the Klan grew to over 8 million members. These members were mainly doctors, judges, and church leaders. The Klan was now in it’s prime. The Klan also preached their own idea of “One Hundred Percent Americanism” nationwide. Slowly, the Klan began to branch out of the United States and expanded into Canada. [ EXPLAIN PICTURES NEXT SLIDE] As a result of urbanization and the increase in immigration, the Klan adopted a modern business-type styled system which involved them demanding membership fees and sought to oppress the growing number of non-whites who were settling in the country. This was a belief that the only people who should inhabit the United States were people who were purely of American descent. This belief appealed to white Protestants and greatly antagonized the Catholic Church because it was against their morals and beliefs. [ EXPLAIN PICTURES NEXT SLIDE] [ GO TO #12 ] [ #13 ] Over the years, the Klan’s member count gradually decreased from the millions, to the 30,000’s in the 1930’s. The reason of this was believed to be because of the high member fee of $10 and the fact that so many people worldwide opposed the Klan’s beliefs. The Klan’s presence faded in the 1940’s because of the Second World War, internal conflicts, and criminal acts committed by Klan leaders who were then arrested and jailed. [ EXPLAIN PICTURES GO TO INTERESTING FACTS ]
The KKK in Canada:
[ #12 ] Their first Canadian operation was established in Saskatchewan in the early 1920’s to sell memberships to fund Klan activities. Between the years of 1926-1928, the Klan...