Hatred and a Burning Cross: A History of the Ku Klux Klan since 1865

In this 1926 cartoon, the Ku Klux Klan chases the Roman Catholic Church, personified by St. Patrick, from the shores of America. Among the “snakes” are various supposed negative attributes of the Church, including superstition, the union of church and state, control of public schools, and intolerance. / Wikimedia Commons

A history of wild, irrational, killing hate and violence against others simply because of their race, nationality, religion, or lifestyle.


Originally published by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), March 2011, republished for educational, non-commercial purposes.