In 1924, the influence of the Ku Klux Klan was at a peak in Maine, with 50,000 m
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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.
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Stuart, Donna, "In 1924, the influence of the Ku Klux Klan was at a peak in Maine, with 50,000 m" (2009). Maine News Index – Portland Monthly. 1513.