The Klan Never Ends

I wrote Gospel According to the Klan not only to demonstrate how mainstream and influential the Klan was in the 1920s, but also to show that their form of white, masculine Protestant nationalism outlived the the collapse of the national order in 1930. The Klan’s visions of nation, white supremacy, gender, and Protestantism carried on without Klansmen and Klanswomen’s help.  Their vision of white nationalism continued on in the rhetoric of major political parties and populist movements. Their influence cannot be limited to the groups that continue to label themselves,”Klan.” Who needs hoods and robes if your militant Protestant Christian ideology is adopted by other political movements? The 1920s Klan had won in some ways, even as they lost. When the Klan continues to win, we all lose.

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