Student-Created infoPlaylist on the Ku Klux Klan

May 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

Students in Dr. Tara Bynum’s Spring 2014 Towson Seminar class “By Any Means Necessary”: African-American Literature and Social Activism in the 20th Century United States created infoPlaylists for an assignment. This infoPlaylist on the Ku Klux Klan represents the exemplary research of four students in that class. Minor edits have been made by Librarian Joyce Garczynski.

People tend to think the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) no longer exists, but due to recent events it has revived. An ex-KKK leader, Frazier Glenn Cross, has made headlines from a past crime that he is now being convicted for and many still support his ideals. We hope to target individuals who are unaware of the Klan’s current activities. Follow along as students Brittany Diggs, Taylor Grady, Caitlyn Ellis, and Brittlie Branstetter uncover the past history and recent cases of the KKK in modern time.

History/ Background Information
The History channel provides background on the KKK and how the group was founded:

The Anti-Defamation League provides brief details on the birth of the KKK to the early 2000s:

A book created by the Staff of the Klanwatch Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center to show the History of Racism and Violence in the KKK:

This website from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan provides an insider’s view of the KKK in Maryland:


Significant Court Cases
The Crumsey v. Justice Knights of the Ku Klux Klan case involves the injury of the five Chattanooga women during the KKK shooting spree:

The Person v. Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan case involves the shutting down of the Klan paramilitary camps:

The United States v. Cecil Price, et al. case known as the “Mississippi Burning Trial” involves the murder of the three Mississippi civil rights workers:

News story about how 12 Ku Klux Klan murder cases from the 1960s are reopened in Louisiana and Mississippi:


Recent National News
The New York Times gives a chronology of current cases and provides articles about other recent KKK events:

A story from the Huffington Post on how Oberlin College cancelled classes due to hateful vandalism and reports of someone wearing a Ku Klux Klan-style outfit on campus:

A story from the New York Daily News about how the KKK is looking to form a neighborhood watch group:

News coverage of how the KKK in Indiana made informational packets spreading their literature:


Recent Maryland News
News story from USA Today about the Klan having a meeting in Elkton, Maryland to recruit new members:

News video of a Klan meeting in Elkton, Maryland:

An article from the Baltimore Sun about a Klan meeting held in 2013 at Antietam, the Civil War battlefield:

A 2013 article about how Fredrick, Maryland KKK members were spreading fliers around town trying to recruit members:


Hate Crime Information
The FBI began investigating hate crimes as far back as World War I, when they began to examine the KKK. This website from the FBI looks at hate crimes and provides a link to the latest statistics on hate crimes:


Maps and Locations of the KKK
A map from the Southern Poverty Law Center shows the variety of hate groups spread throughout America:


Analysis of the Modern KKK
An article by Harrison Jacobs for Business Insider on what the KKK looks like today:

Sheila Eldred writes for the Discovery Channel about why people still join the Ku Klux Klan:

An article on about how the Klan is attempting to make a comeback:

The Anti-Defamation League examines how the KKK uses the internet to spread hate:

An examination by the Anti-Defamation League of how the Ku Klux Klan uses a variety of media sources like newspaper, radio stations, and fliers to give their group notoriety and how they donate to museums and adopt high programs to persuade non-followers:

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