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16 May 19

Historian Linda Gordon was recently at the American Academy in Berlin, as a Marcus Bierich Distinguished Visitor, to discuss her latest book, “The Second Coming of the KKK.” In it, Gordon goes beyond the more well-known terrorism of the KKK in the South, to show just how active the Klan was in northern states like Oregon and Massachusetts in the first half of the twentieth century. There, the primary methods employed by the Klan did not rely on violence but rather on propaganda and electoral activity, both entirely legal means, for furthering their racist agenda.

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