- Item 20723 - Ku Klux Klan, Hodgdon, ca. 1924
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- Item 20723
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The Ku Klux Klan marching in Hodgdon.Show Details
The first Ku Klux Klan faded from the South in the late 1870s and 1880s after the end of Reconstruction. A second Ku Klux Klan rose up from the Atlanta, Georgia area after World War I in response to fear of immigrants, radicalism and changing morals as well as hostility toward Roman Catholics, Jews, African Americans, bootleggers and divorcees.
The Klan is known to have had a presence in almost all Maine communities in the 1920s with a membership of about 20,000 to 40,000.
By the 1930's the Maine Klan fell apart as quickly as it grew with numerous scandals of financial mismanagement, bootlegging and the fact that the Maine people did not care for the ultimate hate campaigns once they became clear.