April 7, 1981, 5 items; Papers (1917-1920), including correspondence, a proclamation, and pamphlets. Gift of Mr. Norman Caine, Raleigh, N.C.
January 15, 1997 (unprocessed addition 1), 1 item; Copy of
The Fiery Cross (April 1965), containing articles on the racial violence in Selma, Alabama. Donor: Mr. S. Tony Jordan, Jr.
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Ku Klux Klan Collection (#425), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Gift of Mr. Norman Caine
- Gift of Mr. S. Tony Jordan
The collection consists of Klan publications and personal correspondence from its Imperial Wizard. A letter (January 13, 1919) from Col. W. J. Simmons, Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in Atlanta, Georgia, to Maurice O. Roberts of Greensboro, N.C., encourages Roberts to join the Klan, describes the organization in general terms, and promises more information when Roberts joins. Simmons discusses the money a Klan organizer could make and offers to send Roberts literature on the Klan.
Three pamphlets and a proclamation (1917) constitute Klan propaganda. One, written by Simmons, discusses the Klan's history, its goals, and its policies. The second pamphlet, a reprint of a signed editorial from
McClures' Magazine (April, 1920) is titled
Scum O' The Melting Pot. In it, Herbert Kaufman describes America's Anglo-Saxon mission. A third (incomplete) pamphlet (undated), entitled
America, The Second Land of Promise, bemoans America's anti-Christian stance and the removal of Christian ethics and teachings from its government, educational system, and military. The pamphlet further decries the influence of Jewish and Catholic elements in American society and advocates Col. William Simmons and his organization as the salvation of white America.
The collection also contains an admission card (undated) for Mr. M[aurice] O. Roberts to hear an address on Americanism, with penciled notations on the reverse side.