“An Amorphous Code”: The Ku Klux Klan and Un-Americanism, 1915–1965

  title={“An Amorphous Code”: The Ku Klux Klan and Un-Americanism, 1915–1965},
  author={George Lewis},
  journal={Journal of American Studies},
  pages={971 - 992}
  • George Lewis
  • Published 4 September 2013
  • History
  • Journal of American Studies
On 1 June 1965, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) announced that it would hold hearings into the Ku Klux Klan, fifty years after the organization had appeared before the House Rules Committee. Whereas the 1925 investigation allowed the Klan to continue to claim a “100% Americanism,” HUAC unequivocally declared the Klan of the 1960s to be entirely un-American. This essay seeks to explain that turnaround in the understanding of the Klan and its activities, on the one hand, and the… 
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