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The Ku Klux Klan: Extremist?
protect the doctrine of “Americanism” (144). Klan members do not just target African Americans; they target Jews, Catholics, and aliens, and the movement wasn’t simply radical against African Americans but was actually an entire wave of nativism harking back to the Know-Nothings. The image the country was built upon by the Founding Fathers is said to have been at odds with a “hierarchal, popish, despot Catholic Church” and a Klan editor summed this up through an editorial that claimed that 690 schools and 8 states in the nation had Catholic administrations and that the “threat of the Church was everywhere” (146). If the Ku Klux Klan was a group that hated multiple groups equally and systematically published editorials that