The Ku Klux Klan in Small-Town America: Belvidere, Illinois in 1923 to 1925
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Using primary sources which include city newspapers and ordinances, the Ku Klux Klan is examined in the small town of Belvidere, Illinois. The research indicated that the Klan was a prominent force in Belvidere as there were listings in the city newspaper, the Belvidere Daily Republican (BDR) almost daily. Through the positive way the Klan was portrayed in the BDR, it can be concluded that the Klan was supported my many, which was why there were two conventions that happened in Belvidere where the entire population of the small town or more came to watch. Examining the way the Klan publicly flaunted its presence and work in Belvidere helps contribute to the effects of the Klan on rural life in the 1920s, as there is few research conducted on it. Aside from Klan fundraising events that were conducted in Belvidere, the Klan battled bootleggers and raised money for the establishment of a public hospital.