The Ohio Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s

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Note:  This event will be held in the Chapel at the Presbyterian Church, 142 N 4th Street.

The Ku Klux Klan virtually disappeared in the late nineteenth century, but exploded back onto the scene in the early 1920s.  This "second" KKK expanded it target to include immigrants, Jews, and Catholics, and had its greatest numerical strength in the West and Midwest.  In fact, Ohio may have had more KKK members than any other state in the Union.  In this presentation we will explore why the Klan was so strong in Ohio, what activities the Ohio Klan engaged in, and in what ways the folks targeted by the Klan fought back.

William Trollinger is professor of history in the History and Religious Studies Departments at the University of Dayton.  He earned his V.A. in English and History from Bethel College (MN) and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This program is co-sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Speakers Bureau and the Coshocton Friends of the Library.

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