Author John Marr takes a dark look at a holiday tradition of “good old all-American chaos” on 10 Zen Monkeys:
Founding of the Ku Klux Klan, Atlanta, 1915: At 35, failed preacher William Simmons had found his true calling as a fraternal lodge leader. In addition to commanding five regiments of the Woodmen, he was a heavy in several Masonic orders and a Knight Templar.
But his dream was to have his own personal fraternal organization. And he wanted more than funny hats and secret handshakes — he wanted to revive the Ku Klux Klan. His dream came to fruition Thanksgiving Eve when 40 handpicked men gathered to re-launch the Klan. A group of 15 stalwarts recessed to the top of nearby Stone Mountain for an early morning cross-burning. Simmons tied his first recruitment drive in with D.W. Griffith’s famous film The Birth of a Nation, which opened in Atlanta the following week. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Read More on 10 Zen Monkeys
Latest posts by moezilla (see all)
- Amazon Patents Strange New Lightweight, Transparent Kindle - Apr 7, 2013
- Cypherpunk Pioneers Warn of a “Coming Surveillance Dystopia” - Mar 13, 2013
- How a Chinese Hacker Tried to Blackmail a Top Executive - Feb 11, 2013