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Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin

Chapter 10: Conclusion,   pp. 187-191 PDF (1.9 MB)

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Chapter 10 
As early as 1924, sentiment was expressed in several 
areas of northwestern Wisconsin that the Klan was definitely not needed.1
Indeed, it came as a surprise that the hooded 
order was able to gain a following at all. These more perceptive individuals
saw the Klan as a fraud, preying upon the imagined fears and prejudices of
credulous people. The Klan's philosophy was one of bigotry and, as such,
mitigated against any constructive benefits accruing from that order.2 Clearly,
the hooded order was not needed in northwestern Wisconsin if social disruption
were its object. 
1Rice Lake Chronotyrpe, January 30, 1924, p. 1. This 
journal noted that editors Horace A. Breese of the Spooner 
Advocate and "Paddy" Ryan of the Shell Lake Register recently devoted
several columns to a ds*cus-o f this topic. 
2Ibid.  "Editor Horace A. Breese pblished a lengthy 
editor-a-1-in the last issue of the Spooner Advocate in which he said there
was never a thouht tFatKu Klux Klan 
activities would come to their own door. He had carefully listened to explanations
by the organizer, but noted four aims which tended to create discord and
antagonism: antiCatholic, anti-Jew, anti-foreignor and anti-legro. 
Every good thing the Klan stood for Editor Breese said was already amply
covered by churches, lodges and clubs already existin. and functioning in
Spooner. The Klan lanti' program he said wherever it operated resulted in
stirrig up comunit3 trouble, and for this reason he thought Spooner would
be better off without it." 

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