The Ku Klux Klan
1st- Matt Galea, Allan Wallander, Phillip Sowders
The Start of the KKK
The Klan during the 1920s
In the early 1920s, Klan participation rose. This was heavily spurred by a change made by Bessie Tyler and Edward Clark that gave part of an initiates entrance fee to the person who recruited them. The Klan was made up of many normal citizens such as farmers and skills men. The klan was very open in its activities, and held strong political influence in the 1920s. At one point in 1924 the klan claimed half of the state legislatures and held strong swing in the presidential election. At the height of the Klan, it had more than 4 million members throughout the entire nation. By the time the Klan's fall, its members dwindled to around 5,000.