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June 7, 1920: Ku Klux Klan Mounts Publicity Campaign to Attract Members

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The Ku Klux Klan was founded by Confederate veterans in Pulaski, Tennessee in 1865, but had dissolved by the 1870’s. In 1915, the Klan was revived by William Simmons, atop Georgia’s Stone Mountain. That was the same year that D.W. Griffith’s film, Birth of a Nation, debuted, stereotyping blacks and portraying the Klan as a heroic force. On June 7, 1920, Simmons hired publicists to grow the Klan’s membership, launching a campaign called “100 Percent Americanism.” Within sixteen months, the Klan’s ranks increased by nearly 100,000. Hosted by D'Army Bailey, Moments in Civil Rights History is produced by Comcast in collaboration with the Equal Justice Initiative (http://www.EJI.org) and is part of the His Dream, Our Stories project. Visit http://www.HisDreamOurStories, where you can add to the collection of civil rights stories.