Title

In 1924, the influence of the Ku Klux Klan was at a peak in Maine, with 50,000 m

Authors

Donna Stuart

Source

Portland Monthly

Date

2-2009

Additional Date Information

Feb-Mar 2009

Pages

49, 96

Abstract

In 1924, the influence of the Ku Klux Klan was at a peak in Maine, with 50,000 members, 6.2 percent of the state's population. Maine had the largest, most active KKK outside the south. In 1923, the Klan had a huge headquarters on Forest Avenue in Portland and rallied to change city government structure from having an elected mayor to hiring a city manager, in order to diffuse the power of the Democrats and its immigrant political base. This year, a charter commission will be elected to review the city charter and decide whether Portlanders will be able to choose a mayor by popular vote. With details on the not-so-proud saga of the Klan in Portland and Maine.

Subjects

Ku Klux Klan, City council Portland, Charter commission Portland

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