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Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin
([1971])

Chapter 1: introduction ,   pp. 1-21 PDF (8.0 MB)


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invaluable in filling in the chinks of this study,. Blaine 
was Governor of Wisconsin during the period of this study and his correspondence
reveals reaction to Klan activities in St. Croix and Pierce Counties which
might otherwise be lost.16 Also located at the State Historical Society of
Wisconsin are investigations made by various Governors in the matter of civil
unrest, Two items were of partic-Ular importamce here. The first deals with
alleged Klan involvement in St. Croix County politics.17  The second deals
with the Pierce County Sheriff's involvement--as a 
member of the Klan--in a yellow-fringed flag dispute.18 Newspapers,, court
records, personal correspondence and investigations into civil unrest, then,
are the threads with which the fabric of this study is woven. 
The Ku Klux Klan claimed to be a brotherhood united 
....under a common oath to cultivate and promote 
patriotism towards our national government; to practice an honorable cleanliness
towards each other; to exempligy a practical benevolence; to 
shield the sanctity of the home and the chastity 
of womanhood; to teach and inculcate a high 
spiritual philosophy; end by a practical 
devotion to conserve, protect and maintain the 
distinctive institutions, rights, privileges, 
principles, traditions and ideals of a pure 
Americanism.19 
16See Chapter Six and the introductory overview in this chapter. 
17See Chapter Seven and the introductory overview in this chapter 
-See Chapter Nine and the introductory overview in this chapter 
19Article One, Articles of Incorporation of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan,
p.1, as found in Wyman Papers, Box lOg. 


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