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Asked • 05/16/19

Was being in the KKK politically/socially acceptable in early 1900's American South?

This question was inspired by the movie _O Brother Where Art Thou_, set in Mississippi in 1937. While the events are clearly fictional, the film draws a lot of historical inspiration from real prople and places. The climax of the film involves a candidate for governor of Mississippi publicly announcing his membership in the Klu Klux Klan. (He doesn't name the group, but calls it "a certain secret society" that performs "sacred cross burnings"). So, would such an affiliation being made public have ruined the political career and/or social standing of a southern politician?

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