Over the last two years, the U.S. has seen an alarming resurgence in extremist groups long considered to be very marginal, groups promoting anti-immigrant sentiment, racism, and anti-Semitism. There are disturbing parallels between the current incarnation of hate groups and the period of the 1920s, the peak of the Ku Klux Klan. Today most Americans are not aware of the power of the 1920s Klan, a mass movement with millions of members all over the U.S., not in the South alone.
The Klan was not just racist, but also violently anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic, and anti-immigrant, and Klan members controlled some local and state governments and were represented all the way up to the U.S. Senate. Author Patricia Bernstein tells the story of the massive Klan in the 1920s and of the courageous prosecutor who became the first in the nation to successfully fight the Klan.
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