Minnesota Historical Society

The Ku Klux Klan in Minnesota

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Minnesota might not seem like an obvious place to look for traces of Ku Klux Klan parade grounds, but this northern state was once home to fifty-one chapters of the KKK. Elizabeth Hatle tracks down the history of the Klan in Minnesota, beginning with the racially charged atmosphere that produced the tragic 1920 Duluth lynchings. She measures the influence the organization wielded at the peak of its prominence within state politics and tenaciously follows the careers of the Klansmen who continued life in the public sphere after the Hooded Order lost its foothold in the state.

Despite what many think the Klan was active throughout the country including in Minnesota where members organized fifty-one chapters in the Twin Cities, Rochester, Duluth and in smaller towns ranging from Virginia to Pipestone. These men and women threatened and intimidated many including union members, people who supported the repeal of Prohibition and their own Jewish, African American and immigrant neighbors. But they also played in town baseball teams, served as deacons in their churches, ran local businesses and were elected to political office across the state


  • By: Elizabeth Dorsey Hatle
  • Format: Paper, 192 pgs. 6x9
  • Publisher: History Press
  • Product ##: 9781626191891


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