White Robes Vs. Black Robes Anti- Catholic Violence By the Ku Klux Klan in the American Deep South 1915-1965

Saturday, January 5, 2019
Stevens C Prefunction (Hilton Chicago)
John Catton, Berry College
This research looks at the actions by the Ku Klux Klan against Catholics in the American Deep South. The goal is to highlight the hyper- nationalistic tendencies of the second Klan during the twentieth century and its impact in southern policy and culture by looking at its anti-Catholic activities. This was done by analyzing several examples of actions against southern Catholics, with special attention to the murder of Father James Coyle in his own church in 1921 Birmingham Alabama, the attempt by the Klan to add anti-Catholic education curriculum in Atlanta schools, and the resistance to the civil rights activities by Father Nathaniel Machesky in Greenwood, Mississippi during the 1960s.
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