Sunday, April 30, 2017

Realm of North Dakota

The release of D.W. Griffith?s 1915 film, The Birth of a Nation, ignited new interest in the Ku Klux Klan. That same year, William J. Simmons and Samuel Green reformed the KKK in Stone Mountain, Georgia. By the beginning of the 1920?s, Klan membership had grown to nearly 5 million members.

Interest soon spread to North Dakota, where Klan members staged rallies in Williston and Fargo. The largest Klan following in the state, however, was in the Grand Forks area. The Grand Forks Klan was known as the Ansax Club, whose members were anti-Catholics, Jews, and immigrants and strongly favored the public school system. The Ansax Club grew to above 500 members.

Concerned about the growth of the Klan in North Dakota, the state legislature passed a law on January 10th 1923, banning all citizens over the age of 15 from wearing mask or any other head covering in front of a public building, in order to conceal their identity. Thirteen days later, the Exalted Cyclops of the Ansax Club, Reverend Fredrick Halsey Ambrose testified in front of state senators denouncing the new law.

Later that fall, Ambrose spoke in front of a large group of Klan members 21 miles East of Grand Forks. Ambrose spoke about his disapproval for immigrants, who he saw pushing American citizens out of their homes. Ambrose also mentioned the need of its members to support the Klan and support the public school system, which he saw as the foundation and nurturing of American citizenship. He also stressed that each member should reach their goals by peace, not through violence.

Around the same time as the meeting, the Grand Forks Klan applied to the North Dakota Secretary of State office for incorporation as a fraternal society. Along with the application was a charter granted by the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, but due to insufficient funds the application did not go through and the Klan was never officially chartered.

In a 1924 school board election, two Klan supported candidates, Leslie Stinson and E.A. Arhart, won election over two candidates Ambrose deemed to be ?unamericanized.? The Ansax club was at its most influential time but by the end of the 20?s membership began to decline. With the indictment of Indiana?s governor and mayor, both Klan supporters, officials cracking down on Klan organizations throughout the Midwest. By the end of 1928 Klan activity had essentially ceased in Grand Forks.

Today, the Klan is STILL here, STILL taking a stand in what we believe in, and STILL growing strong. We are hard working, family loving Christians. In order to preserve our youth we need to take a stand as ONE. Help us make America great again, join the United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and take a stand in what YOU believe in.

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