Becoming America Year 3

Fall Seminar 7

Thursday, October 27, 2011
Location: Everett High School, 100 Elm Street, Everett Map

For a summary of this seminar, please visit the BA Blog "Fall Seminar 7 Recap."


Scheduled Topic:

Women of the KKK and Immigration Restrictions, 1920's

Kathleen Banks Nutter, Ph.D., Stony Brook University

KKK Parade, 8/8/25. From the Library of Congress.

PowerPoint Presentation:



Primary Source Document:

Women of America! The Past, The Present, The Future (1923)--
cite as: "Women of the Ku Klux Klan," Miscellaneous Organizations, box 18, folder 13, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063.


The Pope's Last Call (poem by Elsie Thornton)


Additional Resources:

From MassMoments:

Ku Klux Klan Rallies in Worcester 1924, the largest gathering of the Ku Klux Klan ever held in New England took place at the Agricultural Fairgrounds in Worcester. Klansmen in sheets and hoods, new Knights awaiting a mass induction ceremony, and supporters swelled the crowd to 15,000. The KKK had hired more than 400 "husky guards," but when the rally ended around midnight, a riot broke out. Klansmen's cars were stoned, burned, and windows smashed. KKK members were pulled from their cars and beaten. Klansmen called for police protection, but the situation raged out of control for most of the night. The violence after the "Klanvocation" had the desired effect. Membership fell off, and no further public Klan meetings were held in Worcester.

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Directions to Everett High School:
Please come in the main doors (the side facing the park), sign in as necessary, and then walk straight back from the front doors (keeping the cafeteria and the curved red wall to your right) to the elevator in the right, back corner. Take the elevator to the 5th floor. When you get off, go left through the library doors to the main area. The TLC is in the Library Workroom (Room 5002).
Note -- this is the new high school. Be careful if you are using a GPS. Thanks!