1925 August 8

KKK Stages Huge March in Washington, D.C.


More than 35,000 Ku Klux Klan members marched down Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., wearing their Klan robes but not their masks. The march marked the high point of the Klan’s power in the 1920s when it had a strong national presence and was almost as focused on attacking the Catholic Church as it was on African-Americans.

Earlier in the decade, it had sponsored a law in Oregon that would have closed down Catholic parochial schools, but the law was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court on June 1, 1925. The 1924 Democratic Party Convention, meanwhile, was deeply divided over a proposed resolution, on July 6, 1924, that would have condemned the Klan by name — delegates passed a modified resolution that did not specifically name the Klan.

See documents on the KKK in the 1920s (photos; 78 rpm records, etc.):

Watch film of the Klan march: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv4xHcK63cQ

Learn about the history of the Klan: Wyn Ward, The Fiery Cross: The Ku Klux Klan in America (1987)

Learn more about the Klan today: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/ideology/ku-klux-klan

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