Essays by Wor. Bro. Shaun
Masonic Dual Membership with the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s
During the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan used the
Masonic Fraternity as a means to gain prestige for its own organizational
growth. The Klan was an organization that created balance to a fraternity that
was seen as elitist as it catered to the middle and lower classes of America.
It gave members, average Americans, an opportunity to obtain something they
could not gain within the Masonic fraternity, political power. This lecture
will explore the Klan's attempt at infiltrating the Masonic fraternity for its
own glory. It will focus on a few national Klan issues but concentrate more on
how the Klan used local lodges to gain power in Texas to become one of the
strongest and largest Klan chapters per capita in the United States until its
collapse in 1926.