Essays by Wor. Bro. Shaun Henry

Hoodwinked:  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.



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