Lesson about KKK in Southeast Iowa

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A historian from Iowa made a presentation about the KKK in southeast Iowa on Wednesday.

Michael Luick-Thrams spoke to 85 students at Fort Madison High School.

He explained what the Klan was and why it was so important in the state’s history.

He said the Klan was present in the Tri-States but it was different than what was experienced in the south or what can be read in books.

He said the Klan was whites hating whites and there a lot of hate in the 1920’s.

“These stories are fading,” Luick-Thrams said. “People are forgetting that all this happened. We forgot that there were hundreds of thousand of Klan members in Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. One of the most mysterious parts is that it wasn’t anti-black, it wasn’t friendly to blacks, Jews, or Masons, but it was rabidly anti-Catholic.”

Trams said his great grandfather was part of the Klan and Fort Madison High School principal Greg Smith’s family were victims of racism.

He also said there were Klan gatherings in almost every county seat in the Midwest.

For more on TRACES, the group Luick-Thrams leads in Mason City, Iowa.

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Don Dwyer

Don Dwyer

Don Dwyer is a Morning Anchor/Reporter at WGEM.

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