“Another aspect of Klan Americanism was its suspicion of “elites.” Central to this resentment lay a form of class analysis that enabled the Klan’s claim to stand for the little men against the big men. This definition of elites differed from the more common usage in the mainstream press of the time, which typically defined elites as those with political and economic power. The Klan shared half of that definition, in its disgust with politicians (though Klansmen would soon join them); it represented “the people” against the pols.”
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