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Number of Pages: 192
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Discrimination & Race Relations
Publisher: History Press
Author: Joseph G Bilby & Harry Ziegler
Street Date: August 19, 2019
Item Number (DPCI): 247-64-0929
New Jersey is celebrated for its strong communities built across religious and ethnic lines as one of the nation's most diverse states. The state, though, was not immune to the reemergence of the Ku Klux Klan in the first half of the twentieth century. Former vaudevillians Arthur H. Bell and his wife used the tactics of public theater to advertise and recruit for the organization. At a massive riot in Perth Amboy, thousands of immigrants besieged a few hundred Klansmen, tossed them out of building windows, burned their cars and ran them out of town. The allying of pro-Nazi German Bund groups and the Klan in the lead-up to World War II marked the end of the Klan's foothold. Authors Joseph Bilby and Harry Ziegler chart the brief rise of the Ku Klux Klan and how New Jersey collectively stood up to bigotry.
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