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The dragon and the cross : the rise and fall of the Ku Klux Klan in middle America

Author: Richard K Tucker; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
Publisher: Hamden, Conn. : Archon Books, 1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the early 1920s there were about 250,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana. Their principal organizer, and the man who profited most from their membership fees, was D.C. Stephenson, a mysterious drifter with a shady background who arrived in Indiana in 1920 with political experience and an acute sense of the showmanship required for political success, but no beliefs. He used his skills to move to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Tucker, Richard K., 1916-
Dragon and the cross.
Hamden, Conn. : Archon Books, 1991
(OCoLC)651788268
Named Person: David Curtis Stephenson; David Curtis Stephenson; David Curtis Stephenson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard K Tucker; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
ISBN: 0208023100 9780208023100
OCLC Number: 23648905
Description: xi, 224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Richard K. Tucker.

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In the early 1920s there were about 250,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana. Their principal organizer, and the man who profited most from their membership fees, was D.C. Stephenson, a mysterious drifter with a shady background who arrived in Indiana in 1920 with political experience and an acute sense of the showmanship required for political success, but no beliefs. He used his skills to move to the forefront of the Klan boom. But Stephenson's 1925 murder conviction, stemming from a bizarre and inebriated episode of abduction and rape, ended support for the Klan in Indiana, and discredited many of the state's political leaders. These two books, written for a general audience, tell the story of the rise and fall of the Indiana Klan and Stephenson. Tucker's book ventures more theoretical speculation about the Klan in the North, though he doesn't advance any sustained argument other than to stress, correctly, the Klan's anti-Catholicism. But Tucker exaggerates the Klan's hegemony and gives neither a real sense of the climate and the struggles of the time nor a convincing portrait of Stephenson, who remains a shadowy figure. Lutholtz's thorough book, though it has a sharper focus on Stephenson and Indiana, portrays the political struggles more completely. What is most pertinent is the picture that emerges of the quiet force of bigotry rather than overt Klan power. But Lutholtz resists all theory, so any conclusions about the broader relevance of the strange and fascinating story of Stephenson and the Indiana Klan in the 1920s will have to be drawn by the reader. Lutholtz's book is for larger public library collections.

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