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By Rory McVeigh

In 1915, 40 years after the unique Ku Klux Klan disbanded, a former farmer, circuit preacher, and college lecturer named Colonel William Joseph Simmons revived the key society. by means of the early Twenties the KKK were remodeled right into a nationwide move with thousands of dues-paying participants and chapters in all the nation’s forty-eight states. and in contrast to the Reconstruction-era society, the 1920s-era Klan exerted its impression some distance past the South. In the increase of the Ku Klux Klan , Rory McVeigh offers a revealing research of the extensive social time table of 1920s-era KKK, displaying that even though the association persisted to advertise white supremacy, it additionally addressed a shockingly wide variety of social and fiscal matters, concentrating on immigrants and, really, Catholics, in addition to African americans, as risks to American society. In sharp distinction to previous reports of the KKK, which specialise in the neighborhood or local point, McVeigh treats the Klan because it observed itself—as a countrywide association enthusiastic about nationwide concerns. Drawing on huge learn into the Klan’s nationwide ebook, the Imperial Night-Hawk , he strains the ways that Klan leaders interpreted nationwide matters and the way they attempted—and eventually failed—to effect nationwide politics. extra widely, in detailing the Klan’s growth within the early Twenties and its cave in by means of the tip of the last decade, McVeigh eventually sheds mild at the dynamics that gas modern right-wing social events that equally blur the road among race, faith, and values.

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19 Indeed, the Klan’s form of bloc recruitment, which targeted fraternal organizations and Protestant congregations, ensured that many of its members would be embedded in dense social networks and would be actively involved in community life. Individuals who are socially isolated are rarely drawn into sustained social-­movement activism regardless of the ideological orientation of the social movement in question. The 1920s Klan was not an exception to this rule. Although the Klan members and leaders expressed concern about the breakdown of traditional institutions, the movement often thrived in locations that were the most insulated from such changes.

What is relevant, according to the theory, is the infusion of new resources that make it possible for groups to take action to redress grievances that, in some cases, have been in existence for years, decades, and even centuries. Growing concurrently with resource-­mobilization theory, political­opportunity theory places emphasis on how the political context either inhibits or encourages social-­movement mobilization. As is true of resource­mobilization theory, political-­opportunity theory downplays the causal significance of collective grievances.

19 Indeed, the Klan’s form of bloc recruitment, which targeted fraternal organizations and Protestant congregations, ensured that many of its members would be embedded in dense social networks and would be actively involved in community life. Individuals who are socially isolated are rarely drawn into sustained social-­movement activism regardless of the ideological orientation of the social movement in question. The 1920s Klan was not an exception to this rule. Although the Klan members and leaders expressed concern about the breakdown of traditional institutions, the movement often thrived in locations that were the most insulated from such changes.

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