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The Ku Klux Klan in Canada
A Century of Promoting Racism and Hate in the Peaceable Kingdom

By (author) Allan Bartley


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The KKK wreaked havoc in Canada, affecting the political climate and sparking the emergence of coalitions intent on its destruction


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ALLAN BARTLEY has researched the history of the KKK in Canada for over a decade. In 1995, he published the article "A Public Nuisance: The Ku Klux Klan in Ontario 1923-27" in the Journal of Canadian Studies. He is also the author of Alexander MacNeill: A Political Life and Heroes in Waiting: The 160th Battalion in the Great War. A former intelligence analyst for Canadian security agencies, he is an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. Allan lives in Ottawa.


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"There's a commonly-held view in Canada that crude and overtly violent forms of racism are a uniquely American phenomenon, which stops at the Canadian border. The Ku Klux Klan in Canada challenges that myth head-on, demonstrating that white-hooded racist terror found fertile ground in Canada as well. Anything but marginal, the Klan tapped into a deep-rooted vein of white supremacy in this country, just as its successors in the alt-right are doing today. Bartley has done a masterful job of mapping the rise, fall, and powerful connections of the uniquely Canadian iterations of the Ku Klux Klan."


Unpublished endorsement

Canadians like to believe that the KKK is an American phenomenon. In fact, though their influence has waxed and waned, the Klan has had roots in this country for a century. Allan Bartley's The Ku Klux Klan in Canada illustrates how this hate group that emerged from the ashes of the Confederacy has been able to adapt its message of intolerance to the existing prejudices that have always found fertile soil in this country, whether the targets were Eastern European immigrants and Roman Catholics in the 1920s or Jews, FNMI, and racialized Canadians today. From helping to topple the Liberal government in Saskatchewan in the 1929 provincial election to the Keystone Cop's farce that was the planned armed take-over of the Caribbean Island of Dominica, Bartley tells an engaging story that makes visible the Invisible Empire's activities in Canada.


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