What I’m Reading: The Second Coming of the KKK – 5 in a series – “Because enlarging itself was the Klan’s highest priority…”

This new series is an ongoing collection of quotes from the books I am currently reading. — Douglas

”Klan rhetoric about the threat to American values also suggests a more immediate cause: the skillful demagoguery of leaders. The enthusiasm they engendered did not come exclusively from preexisting grievances. Because enlarging itself was the Klan’s highest priority, it fielded scores of traveling speakers who delivered the message that the country faced a total crisis—of morals, government, and religion. They deployed hyperbole and allegations of terrifying conspiracies to bring in more members and described themselves as part of a team committed to rescuing the country from its internal enemies.”

The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition by Linda Gordon

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