Principles and Purposes of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Printed by
Ku Klux Klan, 2nd, American, 1915 - 1944
Subject of
Ku Klux Klan, 2nd, American, 1915 - 1944
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 8 9/16 × 3 11/16 in. (21.8 × 9.3 cm)
Type
pamphlets
Place printed
Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Date
ca. 1925
Description
A pamphlet titled "Principles and Purposes of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan." The pamphlet is printed on white paper in black text. The front cover features the title of the pamphlet inside a rectangular border. Printed in bold text below the title is “Are Outlined by / An Exalted Cyclops / of the Order.” The pamphlet describes in detail the beliefs of the Ku Klux Klan.
An excerpt from the first page reads, "The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, as now organized, is a patriotic, benevolent, fraternal order, the chief aims of which are to bring the different branches of the Protestant church into a closer relationship, one with another; to inculcate a purer patriotism in its members; to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the United States and the separate states thereof; to maintain, perfect and perpetuate the free public schools and to preserve the United States as a Protestant Christan nation. To be eligible to membership in this all American order, one must have been born in the United States, of white parentage, be over eighteen years of age and of the Protestant Christian faith."
Topic
African American
Fraternal organizations
United States--History--1919-1933
White supremacy movements
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Anonymous Gift
Object number
2013.231.14.2
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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Classification
Documents and Published Materials
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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