Sept. 5 progam at PCPL to address KKK legacy
The Ku Klux Klan’s long history of hate has played a role in U.S. history and in the history of Indiana. Echoes of its ideology and symbolism can be found across the globe.
On Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Putnam County Library, the Greencastle League of Women Voters and Putnam County Greater Good will host the free public program, “Legacies of Hate: The Klan in Historical Perspective.”
Four members of the DePauw University History Department, Julia Bruggemann, Robert Dewey, David Gellman and Sarah Rowley, will make brief presentations on different aspects of this white supremacist organization and its tactics of intimidation and terror.
Focusing on the U.S., Gellman will discuss the rise and fall of the first Ku Klux Klan in the post-Civil War South, and Rowley will present information on the Klan’s rise and fall in 1920s Indiana.
Dewey will share his surprising findings on the spread of the Klan to the South Pacific, while Bruggemann will add a comparative dimension to the conversation by discussing reverberations of Nazi ideas and symbols in contemporary times.
There will be time for audience questions, comments and dialogue.