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Ku Klux Klan Secrets Exposed Attitude toward Jews, Catholics, Foreigners and Masons. Fraudulent Methods Used. Atrocities Committed in Name of Order.   By: (1841-1911)

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Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent hyphenation in the original document has been preserved. Obvious typographical errors have been corrected. For a complete list, please see the end of this document.



Attitude toward Jews, Catholics, Foreigners and Masons. Fraudulent Methods Used. Atrocities Committed in Name of Order.

EZRA A. COOK, Publisher (Incorporated) 26 E. Van Buren St. CHICAGO




The Old Ku Klux Klan 5

The New Ku Klux Klan 21

How the Modern Ku Klux Klan Was Organized 25

How the Ku Klux Klan Gets Members 29

Oath of the Ku Klux Klan 32

The Old Pledge of Loyalty 38

Modern Kleagles Pledge of Loyalty 39

How the Dollars Roll In 40

The Ku Klux Klan and the Jews 43

The Ku Klux Klan and the Catholics 46

The Ku Klux Klan and the Masons 55

The Ku Klux Klan and the Negroes 58

The Ku Klux Klan and Women 60

Atrocities Committed in the Name of the Order 62




To the old Ku Klux Klan which rode through the south in the days following the civil war the new Ku Klux Klan is a relative only in name.

It is not tied by blood. It holds the same position to its southern aristocratic forbear as an imposter in social life does to some illustrious gentleman of the same name of whom he claims to be a descendant.

The old Ku Klux Klan was a historical development. The new is a man's contrivance. The old Ku Klux Klan movement was an outcome of conditions that prevailed in the southern states after the war. The present Klan, apparently, is an outcome of a group of men's desire to make money.

Widespread, spontaneous, popular, the movement of 1866 grew out of a disordered society, not as a "movement" at all at first, but as a scheme for having fun, a source of amusement among a group of young, full blooded southern men to puzzle outsiders. Its use as a weapon against the stranger in the old south came later.

The "stranger" was the northern carpetbagger. To the south he was the pestilence that follows war. He was the blunderer who entered the land whose social customs were unknown to him, in a year when the fabric by those social customs was in need of mending.


When southern society seized the Ku Klux Klan as an instrument with which to resist there were only two classes, carpet bagger and unruly negro, against which it operated. To join the ranks of the white robed horsemen, there were no qualifications of religion. The Klan made no mention of Jew or Catholic. Its purpose was to restore order, not to fan prejudice, and therein lies the difference between the old Klan and the present Klan which makes the latter a maverick.

The first unit of the horseback riding knights was founded in the village of Pulaski, Tenn., with the same motive for its organization as the old time college hazing society. Its members were young men who had come back from the war, poor, exhausted, discouraged, and bored with the tameness of a country town... Continue reading book >>

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