The Klu Klux Klan Revival Of The 1920s
Many might assume that the peak of the Klu Klux Klan occurred during the Civil Rights era when the push for African American rights came to a head. However, the height of the KKK did not occur in the ‘60s or even the 19th century after the Civil War. No, the rather brief and premature climax of the Klan took place during the 1920s.
A variety of factors drove the Klan's increase in popularity: the Great Depression, immigration, and even prohibition. Along with an improved public relations push from Mary Elizabeth Tyler and Edward Young Clarke, the KKK’s numbers crested in 1925 with between 2 to 5 million members. Predictably, it all fell apart rather quickly, thanks to the lack of education or any moral decency. They also probably got distracted by their cousins.