Historian and freelance writer Kelly J. Baker joins us to discuss her compelling research on the Ku Klux Klan. Baker shows us how this group’s success in the 20th century speaks volumes about the racist underpinnings of American Protestantism.

Interview by Richard Newton and the Spring 2016  Ethnicity, Gender, and Religion Seminar

Production assistance by Maya Aphornsuvan


Kelly J. Baker, The Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930 (University of Kansas Press, 2011).

Kelly J. Baker, “Make America White Again,” The Atlantic, March 12, 2016.

Edward J. Curtis, “Debating the Origins of the Moorish Science Temple of America: Toward a New Cultural History,” in The New Black Gods: Arthur Huff Faucett and the Study of African American Religionsed. Edward E Curtis IV and Danielle Brune Sigler (Indiana University Press, 2009).

Brian Palmer, “Ku Klux Kontraction: Why did the KKK Lose So Many Chapters in 2010?” Slate,  March 8, 2012.

Jonathan L. Walton, Watch This!: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism (NYU Press, 2009).

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