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The Ku Klux Klan in California 1921 to 1924

This study was initiated in an attempt to discover the events surrounding the growth and development of the Ku Klux Klan in the state of California and to determine the extent of Klan political strength and influence during the early 1920's. Much has been written about the twenties and the role of the Klan in the historical events of that time. However, the state of California has been almost completely ignored in this respect. Those who write history, and the Klan's role in it, have either determined that a discussion of the development of the Ku Klux Klan in California does not merit extensive coverage or else they have been unwilling or unable to do the research necessary to properly discuss this topic. Whatever the reason, a perusal of the literature has revealed a shocking void which needs to be filled. This study makes no pretense of being the final, authoritative word on the subject. It is hoped, however, that it may provide a sort of initial step in that direction.

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