“Members of Cañon City Klan No. 21 pose on and around the ferris wheel at the site of a carnival at 8th and Greenwood in Cañon City, Colorado. Klan members were invited by W. H. Forsythe, owner of the outfit and a klansman from Fort Collins, to don their gowns and pose for a group portrait. Houses and trees can be seen in the background. At left are a flying swings amusement ride and a ticket booth.”
What’s even more striking is that this is in Colorado (not exactly the deep South). In the mid-1920’s, the KKK had over 4 million members, which helps explain how prominent and in the open they could be.
looks a bit like the esceutioners of the town silent hill.. they were the characters on witch pyramid head was based.. just creepy.. where was this made and under what context? i’m so intrested on this, as it might be relevant to silent hill.. was this in virginia? please respond
anonymus: These guys are clearly Klan members. See the lenght of their gowns and size and lenght of their hoods; they similate KKK outfits more then they do the nazarenos. And what would forty religeous Spaniards be doing in an amusement park in Colorado?
Unless of course this was some kind of joke on your behalf and in that case I’m sorry for my lack of understandment.
Despite what popular belief is the KKK had greater strength in the North West, mid-west, esp. in the mid North West like Illinois. The stereotype of the toothless Deep South redneck prancing around in a ghost outfit is just as ignorant and prejudice as the KKK. Also, Penn. had Jim Crowe laws before the Civil War broke out and the anti slavery movement in the north before and after the war was against the spread slavery for political and economic reasons into the newly acquired territory from Mexico and England by President Polk, only 2% of anti-slavery (abolitionists) believed in equality, and the persons in favor of ending slavery didn’t believe in the equality of freedmen.
And the reason KKK burned crosses is because they took it from the Scotts. The medieval Scotts would make a handheld cross and put tar on the arms of it, then set the arms ablaze (the fire wouldn’t be allowed to spread because that would be an abomination to the cross and thereby a sin to them) and run from on house to the other. When one house would see the runner they would prepare for battle… essentially it was a warning sign to muster the equivalent of the militia, the fire was needed so they could see it from a distance.
Very true. The Klan’s influence went considerably farther north, as my fellow Canucks might want to keep in mind. A 20’s rally in Saskatchewan attracted some 100,000 spectators (remarkable considering the population at the time) and it had a considerable presence in other provinces.
I found the picture some weeks ago and published it on my blog here.
Whooaa excellent picture……..I have great difficulty understanding how so many people could conduct souch activity, it just confuses me that such ignorance truly exits….and pictures like these were made.
I must agree…It is so nice to see that the KKK took time out from their nefarious activities (cross burnings, etc.) to take some time to relax. *snickers…but rolls eyes*
I know what you mean about ignorance and people joining groups such as the KKK. I don’t know if you are aware of the fact that, despite the horrendous things the Klan (in its entirity) did (and still does today), that many individuals did not ‘join’ only b/c of the stereotypical reasons (i.e., hating blacks, Catholics, etc.). I am in no way EXCUSING the KKK (and its members) from any of its actions, but it is interesting what you find out when you take a closer look at some of the reasons WHY people joined.
Buford: ‘Well. Dang, Earl…I reckon I can’t tell what is going on over at your house…Maybe we’ll be able to tell better once we get to the top of the wheel again. WWWWHHHHEEEE!!!!!’
The 1920’s were years when American and European civilization was moving from an agrarian society to a tehcnological society. The KKK positioned themselves as a conservative agrarian pro-American movement, anti-Jew, anti-Catholic, anti-black, anti-immigrant, and drew from the same dissaffected “fascist 15%” group as the Nazis in Germany and the Fascists in Italy, and the Islamist groups of today. There were similar groups in Britain and France, and Japan, and Spain erupted in civil war. The KKK had no connection to the KKK from the US Civil War, who were similar to the dead end Baathists in today’s Iraq. They were also very different from today’s KKK which is basically a catchall for people too goofy to join the militias. The KKK of the 20’s controlled several states, their second largest population was in Colorado. (I am a Coloradan, I was intrigued when I saw that figure, and did a college paper on it. For the record, I have zero liking for this group in any of it’s incarnations) Several state governors, congressmen, and mayors were avowed members, and many more were openly sympathetic, as was about 15% of the Americans public. Today, the Islamic world is convulsing in change, and that same 15% of moslems is openly sympathetic. The Klan was brought down in 1932 by a particularly nasty sex scandal that shocked all America, and especially the conservatives that were it’s mainstay. If not for that, the US might have been far more sympathetic to the Nazis and Fascists, and the history of WWII might have been very different. We are seeing the beginnings of such groups today in those countries in Europe where the Moslem immigrants are most populous. It’s about to be a very interesting quarter century.