Essay on Use of Propaganda to Increase Ku Klux Klan Membership

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Use of Propaganda to Increase Ku Klux Klan Membership

The human mind interprets thought in a manner unique to their species. Each thought is expressed as an emotion, whether it be jubilation, sadness, anger or hate. The latter of these emotions is what I believe to be the strongest feeling that the human being can experience. In the face of hatred each individual reacts in their own peerless fashion. Some run in fear, while many speak out against such injustice; yet others react in a much different way—they embrace the hate. A prime example of a group of individuals that thrived in such an environment would be the second movement of the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan, reestablished in 1915, was not originally the potent force that they came
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Simmons, as evidence to this claim:

My friends, your government can be changed between the rising and the setting of one sun. This great nation with all it provides can be snatched away from you in the space of one day?. When the hordes of aliens walk to the ballot box and their votes outnumber yours, then that alien horde has got you by the throat?. Americans will awake from their slumber and rush out to battle and there will be such stir as the world has never seen the like. The soil of America will run with the blood of its people. (Ku Klux Klan, 102)

The sentiments provided by Simmons appealed to the public masses that had secretly thought this but had no solidified group to share these feelings with—the Klan provided them this opportunity. The Klan made their recruits believe that these thoughts were only a result of strong American pride, this only added to the appeal. Charles C. Alexander, author of The Ku Klux Klan in the Southwest, shows that politicians of this era also shared these views. In a speech delivered by President Warren G. Harding he stated that our country needed "not nostrums but normalcy?not submergence in internationality but sustainment in triumphant nationality."(The Ku Klux Klan in the Southwest, 13) Many mistake such words for a display of strong national pride, but in reality Hardings' words expressed a strong feeling of discrimination. Rather than fighting against such strong statements, the American public

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