The Ku Klux Klan’s Campaign Against Hispanics, 1921–1925

Rhetoric, Violence and Response in the American Southwest


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About the Book

The Ku Klux Klan’s persecution of Hispanics during the early 1920s was just as brutal as their terrorizing of the black community—a fact sparsely documented in historical texts. The KKK viewed Mexicans as subhuman foreigners supporting a Catholic conspiracy to subvert U.S. institutions and install the pope as leader of the nation, and mounted a campaign of intimidation and violence against them. Drawing on numerous Spanish-language newspapers and Klan publications of the day, the author describes the KKK’s extensive anti–Hispanic activity in the southwest.

About the Author(s)

Juan O. Sánchez is retired from Texas A&M University at Galveston. He lives near San Antonio.

Bibliographic Details

Juan O. Sánchez
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 282
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7113-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3165-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 5
1. The Klan, Religion and Mexicans 13
2. Texas: The Klan Stronghold in the Southwest 40
3. New Mexico: The Core Opposition in the Southwest 106
4. Arizona and Colorado: The Baby Realms of the Empire 157
5. California: The Klan Stumbles 184
Epilogue 226
Suggested Reading 233
Chapter Notes 237
Works Cited 255
Index 261

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “A powerful book”—Roundup Magazine.