American Experience

The First Resurgence

Clip: Season 27 Episode 2 | 2m 11s

After the 1915 premiere of D.W. Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation," there was a resurgence in the Ku Klux Klan in America. By the mid-1920s, nearly 4 million Americans claimed Klan membership, making them a powerful political force. "Klansville U.S.A." premieres January 13 at 9/8c on PBS American Experience.

Aired: 01/13/15

Rating: NR

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