Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

“Klanaheim”: Suburbia, civic identity, and the second Ku Klux Klan
by Sowers, Phyllis Anne, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 116; 1507782
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis seeks to identify the ways in which suburban development, religious composition, and disparate visions of civic identity contributed to the spectacular rise and fall of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in Anaheim, California during the 1920s. Primary sources utilized include newspapers, telegrams, letters, and original Klan membership documents. A collection of items donated to the Library of Congress by Ernest Ganahl was particularly helpful in illuminating the battles over civic identity. These conflicts occurred between long-term residents like Ganahl who were anti-Klan and newcomers who desired more influence in local politics and used the tenets of the KKK as a means to their end. Further exploration of the Klan in Anaheim is warranted because suburban chapters of the hooded order were rare during this era and remain understudied. By adding suburbia and related themes to the existing discourse, this thesis aims to reinvigorate scholarship on the 1920s KKK.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schrank, Sarah
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American history
Keywords: California
Publication Number: 1507782
ISBN: 978-1-267-20448-6
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