Ku Klux Klan rally


Ku Klux Klan rally
This item highlights the continued practice of violent white supremacism in the U.S.
The image shows a Ku Klux Klan rally organized in the Delmar area where individuals wearing white robes and hoods gather around a large burning cross. Several crowds of people have congregated to witness the rally.

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The Ku Klux Klan was founded in 1865 in Tennessee. Started by former Confederate soldiers, its main goal was to perpetuate white supremacy. The original organization was virtually destroyed by 1872 by federal intervention. In 1915, a second Klan was born out of broad efforts to oppose diversity (including anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, and anti-immigrant positions, in addition to white supremacy). Over three million people in the 1920s claimed membership in the Klan, which reached well into Northern and Western states. This second iteration of the Klan originated the burning of the cross at their rallies. A third Klan emerged in the wake of World War II, fueled by fear of the civil rights movement. The Klan today is less centrally organized but is recognized by the federal government as a "domestic extremist group" and among the white supremacist groups which constitute the "deadliest terror threat" within the U.S.
Delmar area
Delaware Public Archives
The Purnell Collection of photographs
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