The Women of the Ku Klux Klan: Background information when reading A Fever in the Heartland

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A Fever in the Heartland

The Ku Klux Klan's Plot to Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them

by Timothy Egan

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The Women of the Ku Klux Klan

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Timothy Egan's book A Fever in the Heartland mentions the Women of the Ku Klux Klan, a group of women who were actively aligned with the mission of the KKK during its 1920s resurgence. In 1923, the WKKK formed in Little Rock, Arkansas. The WKKK had chapters in every state and at least 500,000 members over the course of its existence. There were certain requirements for membership: white, native-born, Protestant. Members believed in the separation of church and state, and that women shouldn't be relegated to only being housewives and mothers.

They also, like their male counterparts, were against racial mixing and thought it was a similar crime to treason. Intermingling, as they put it, was defying the laws of God and man. The Klanswomen's creed included the statement, "We believe that the current of pure American blood must be kept uncontaminated by mongrel strains and protected from racial pollution." The WKKK thought Catholicism and those who practiced it were un-American. They ...

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