Organized Boycotts

Klanswomen also used the ability to spread gossip to organize boycotts of Jewish-owned or Catholic-owned businesses and newspapers that were opposed to the Klan. For the Ku Klux Klan movement the Women were the most important part of their boycott agenda. Women’s main role was still the household consumer, so they were able to effect the boycotting of Jewish-owned or Catholic-owned stores, especially in smaller cities where everyone knows everyone. One way to implement the Boycott of stores, goods, and newspapers, the Klan issued a series of codes that implied that Klan members were encouraged to purchase certain item while boycotting others. These codes could say “100 percent” or carry the code “TWK” (Trade with a Klansman).

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Klanswomen were able to get the Klan message and vision out to the masses without as much of a need for violence and intimidation. Unlike Klansmen, Klanswomen followed the law when organizing and spreading the message of the movement and were the secret influence behind the way certain elections swung in the Klans favor. Klanswomen were able to organize the Klan into more of a social and cultural organization and also attempted to “Protestantize” the public school system in the United States. Even though Klanswomen did not openly participate in the same violent activities that that Klansmen did, doesn’t mean that they weren’t harmful. Instead of using openly violent measures to hurt others, Klanswomen used rumors, boycotts and their electoral strength-tactics to ruin the lives of their opponents across the nation, which was what the Klansmen needed to spread their message to others.

Social Activities

Rallies and Festivals

Cross Burning

“Rites of Passage”

Public Relations – Organized Charity Events

Reform Activities

Influence Electoral Politics

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