How Many Klansmen From First OC Klavern Joined Second KKK Group?
That Orange County had two Ku Klux Klan klaverns in the 1920’s is a tale well-told. Orange County district attorney Alexander P. Nelson helped beat back both local Klan chapters ( “klaverns” in Klan speak) with the help of membership lists he came to possess; they proved to be the klantidote against the Hooded Order’s attempts to take over early civic life. But early scholars of the OC Klan had a difficult time trying to replicate Nelson’s feat, as finding copies of both lists proved elusive. The question of how many original Klukkers didn’t get intimidated by Nelson’s Klan busting ways in 1922 and helped build the ranks of the second OC klavern, which boasted more than 1,000 members, just a few months afterward loomed as an academic curiosity–until now.
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