INDIANA STILL INVOLVED IN KLAN INTIMIDATION?
INDIANA HISTORY OF SUPPORT FOR KU KLUX KLAN IDEOLOGUES
INDIANA HISTORY OF KU KLUX KLAN IDEOLOGUES
Klan membership in the early 1920’s was stronger per capita in Indiana than anywhere else in the nation, said Allen Safianow, a history professor at Indiana University at Kokomo.
“There was a new wave of Klan activity in the North after 1915, focusing largely on Catholics, Jews and anyone foreign-born,” Professor Safianow added, noting that it came on the heels of massive immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe and at the height of public hysteria over the “Red Menace” posed by the Bolshevik revolution.
The rise of the Klan reflected national anxieties about the new immigrants and exacerbated those fears, scholars said.