Pensacola’s Klan

The 1920s are considered a turbulent time in American history with changing culture and values across the nation. The younger generation returned from World War One's horrors with the new attitude of celebrating today, for we may die tomorrow. This recent change of attitude and tradition did not fall to men alone. The change impacted women in America after voting became legalized and women's social status began to change. The changing values held captive the younger generation with a new sense of freedom; this new attitude, along with newfound empowerment for a woman, brought about a change in the social and economic status of the middle-class white men in America. This disenfranchisement led millions of middle-class men across the nation to join up in a protest against these changes. In response to the changing values, the Ku Klux Klan reformed in the early 1920s. The 1920s KKK though still anti-African America, held different ideals than the Klan in the late 1800s that formed after the civil war in response to the newly freed slaves. The Klan's anti-African American stance now focused on Catholics, Jews, and immigrants for ruining the country. The rebirth of the second Klan consisted of protestant values that clashed with changing values and morals of the 1920s, with the Klan focused on bringing protestant values back to America in the 1920s.
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Abstract/Description: The 1920s are considered a turbulent time in American history with changing culture and values across the nation. The younger generation returned from World War One's horrors with the new attitude of celebrating today, for we may die tomorrow. This recent change of attitude and tradition did not fall to men alone. The change impacted women in America after voting became legalized and women's social status began to change. The changing values held captive the younger generation with a new sense of freedom; this new attitude, along with newfound empowerment for a woman, brought about a change in the social and economic status of the middle-class white men in America. This disenfranchisement led millions of middle-class men across the nation to join up in a protest against these changes. In response to the changing values, the Ku Klux Klan reformed in the early 1920s. The 1920s KKK though still anti-African America, held different ideals than the Klan in the late 1800s that formed after the civil war in response to the newly freed slaves. The Klan's anti-African American stance now focused on Catholics, Jews, and immigrants for ruining the country. The rebirth of the second Klan consisted of protestant values that clashed with changing values and morals of the 1920s, with the Klan focused on bringing protestant values back to America in the 1920s.
Subject(s): 1920's
Undergraduate Research
Pensacola
Ku Klux Clan (KKK)