SOC313-Week 8 Discussion

As the Ku Klux Klan progressed in the 1920s, the threat of outside religion, primarily Catholicism, grew into a larger problem. The most evident source of this conflict could be seen in the public school systems. The Klan worked hard to present society with the image that they were well-educated individuals who should be held in high regard. With this in mind, they began to play on the concerns that many had about the public schools in order to gain support. During this time there was a basic pattern—increased enrollment in public schools in the south and decreased enrollment in the north. In the northern states the amount of parochial schools was increasing, especially in states that housed a high Catholic population. Being a Protestant group, the KKK felt threatened by this increase and immediately began to react against it. Fortunate for them, many of the Catholics were immigrants with a small income and therefore could not afford to send their children to parochial schools. Despite this slight advantage,
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