Ku Klux Klan Hood, 1920s


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

Subject: Fraternal AssociationsKu Klux Klan


See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, Civil Rights Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Exhibition: American Democracy

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Hoffman

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1992.0401.02Catalog Number: 1992.0401.02Accession Number: 1992.0401

Object Name: Hood

Physical Description: cloth (overall material)Measurements: average spatial: 27 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in; 69.85 cm x 29.21 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-814c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1121405

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