Ku Klux Klan Hood, 1920s

Description
Founded in 1866 in Pulaski, Tennessee, the Ku Klux Klan combated post-Civil War reforms and terrorized freed African Americans in the former Confederacy. Dormant for decades, by the mid-1920s a reconstructed Klan was again a powerful political force in both the South and the North, spreading hatred against African Americans, immigrants, Catholics, and Jews. Klan membership plummeted after a series of scandals involving its leadership. Although never as powerful as it was in the 1920s, Klan organizations rose to oppose the growing civil rights movements of the 1950s and ’60s.
associated institution
Ku Klux Klan
place made
United States
Physical Description
cloth (overall material)
Measurements
average spatial: 27 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in; 69.85 cm x 29.21 cm
ID Number
1992.0401.02
catalog number
1992.0401.02
accession number
1992.0401
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Hoffman
subject
Fraternal Associations
Ku Klux Klan
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Exhibition
Exhibition
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History