Ku Klux Klan

Casey-1st period: Dhruv K,Shruthika P,Harshida M,Lauren L.


The Ku Klux Klan was led by Confederate General Nathaniel Bedford Forrest. There were three million members in the KKK and they helped elect 16 U.S. Senators and many of the Representatives and other local officials. By 1924 they gained the control of 24 of the nation's 48 state legislatures.

David Curtis Stephenson

David Curtis Stephenson was the leader of Indiana's clan, given control of the Klan in 1922. This gave him the right to organize and develop into 20 other states resulting in him gaining riches. His personality was that of a defender of Prohibition and womanhood in public but behind the curtain a heavy drinker and womanizer. His bad deeds of kidnapping and sexual assault caught up to him resulting in him become tried and convicted in 1925. Sentenced to life in prison, David reached his downfall which followed with the prosecution of many other Klan-supported politicians for corruption.

About the Ku Klux Klan

Post-war depression in agriculture was a factor in the Klan growth. Women, small business owners, independent professionals, clerical workers and farmers were members of the Ku Klux Klan. They protested through parades, and voted for Klan political candidates. They are referred to as "marginal misfits" and "rural traditionalists".