The Fall of United Klans

David Cunningham

in Klansville, U.S.A.

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199752027
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979431 | DOI:
The Fall of United Klans

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The KKK's rapid rise in North Carolina in 1964 and 1965 was followed by an equally spectacular decline in the latter half of the decade. This chapter describes and explains the Carolina Klan's fall. While decaying opportunities for stemming the civil rights tide and organizational infighting played significant roles, the Klan's waning fortunes were primarily driven by state officials' intensified policing of KKK action. The chapter documents how federal pressures resulting from deadly Klan violence in the South and a consequent high-profile House Un-American Activities Committee investigation shifted North Carolina's orientation to KKK activities and overcame the ambivalence that had long characterized the efforts of local, state, and federal agents.

Keywords: Ku Klux Klan; decline; House Un-American Activities Committee; policing; ambivalence

Chapter.  12755 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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