From the first, only hardy, adventurous, and strong men and women dared the pioneer dangers; from among these, all but the best died swiftly, so that the new Nordic blend which became the American race was bred up to a point probably the highest in history. Unsupported Browser We have detected that you are using Internet Explorer 6, a browser version that is not supported by this website. Our mission is to empower every American with the tools to understand and impact Congress. Handbook of Texas Online, Lisa C. I can't seem to access them though.
In November 1922 Evans became the Klan's Imperial Wizard. You are encouraged to reuse any material on this site. A native of Alabama, Evans attended Vanderbilt University and became a dentist. There was futility in religion, too, which was in many ways even more distressing. Other We hope to make GovTrack more useful to policy professionals like you. The Klan cannot claim to have created this idea - it has long been a vague stirring in the souls of the plain people. On February 5, 1923, he married Bam Hill; they had three children.
The zealous patriotism fostered by American intervention in World War I helped revive the Klan. Why link Catholicism but not Protestantism or Judaism? Also, should not have two occasions of D. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1965. Hiram Wesley Evans Hiram Wesley Evans was born in Ashland, Alabama, on 26th September, 1881. Finally came the moral breakdown that has been going on for two decades. Evans resigned as Imperial Wizard in 1939.
They have not known just how to go about it; the idealist philanthropy and good-natured generosity which led to the philosophy of the melting pot have died hard. I can't find anything online. We are a movement of the plain people, very weak in the matter of culture, intellectual support, and trained leadership. One by one all our traditional moral standards went by the boards or were so disregarded that they ceased to be binding. We love educating Americans about how their government works too! The state of Georgia brought a suit against him for violating the Sherman Antitrust Act, but the suit was eventually dropped. Many of his political and religious views were deeply unpopular among his contemporaries. Photograph, Hiram Wesley Evans in his Ku Klux Klan uniform.
Published by the Texas State Historical Association. From the first only hardy, adventurous and strong men and women dared the pioneer dangers; from among these all but the best died swiftly, so that the new Nordic blend which became the American race was bred up to a point probably the highest in history. There appeared first confusion in thought and opinion, a groping and hesitancy about national affairs and private life alike, in sharp contrast to the clear, straightforward purposes of our earlier years. Please sign up for our advisory group to be a part of making GovTrack a better tool for what you do. Evans sought to promote a form of nativist, Protestant nationalism.
Evans wrote several books including The Menace of Modern Immigration 1923 , The Klan of Tomorrow 1924 , Alienism in the Democracy 1927 and The Rising Storm 1929. Evans' efforts notwithstanding, the Klan was buffeted by damaging publicity in the early 1920s, partially because of leadership struggles between Evans and his rivals, which hindered his political efforts. He operated a small, moderately successful practice in Texas until 1920, when he joined the Klan's Dallas chapter. While he was a youth his family moved to Texas, and he graduated from high school in Hubbard. The old-stock Americans are learning, however. The next year Evans began his climb to power within the Klan. When the Klan first appeared, the nation was in the confusion of sudden awakening from the lovely dream of the melting pot, disorganized and helpless before the invasion of aliens and alien ideas.
For instructions on how to use this banner, please refer to the. However, they note that the political influence and membership gains he sought were transitory. The organization had first emerged in the rural South after the Civil War, seeking to intimidate blacks from voting or holding office, and had pretty much died out by 1900. So they came to realize that the Nordic can easily survive and rule and increase if he holds for himself the advantages won by strength and daring of his ancestors in times of stress and peril, but that if he surrenders those advantages to the peoples who could not share the stress, he will soon be driven below the level at which he can exist by their low standards, low living and fast breeding. He quickly rose through the ranks and was part of a group that ousted William Joseph Simmons from the position of Imperial Wizard, the national leader, in November 1922.
They have begun to arm themselves for this new type of warfare. And shouldn't his death get a mention in the heading. If you can, please take a few minutes to help us improve GovTrack for users like you. By 1925 membership reached 4,000,000. The first and immediate cause of the break with Liberalism was that it had provided no defense against the alien invasion, but instead had excused it—even defended it against Americanism. In spite of it, however, these Nordic Americans for the last generation have found themselves increasingly uncomfortable, and finally deeply distressed.
We do not need this. The outstanding proof of both our influence and our service, however, has been in creating, outside our ranks as well as in them, not merely the growing national concentration on the problems of Americanism but also a growing sentiment against radicalism, cosmopolitanism, and alienism of all kinds. This is our great achievement. We hope that with your input we can make GovTrack more accessible to minority and disadvantaged communities who we may currently struggle to reach. To understand the Klan, then, it is necessary to understand the character and present mind of the mass of old-stock Americans.
Thus it's only natural that the Klan and Evans' vision for it should be dominant in the article. The Klan's Fight for Americanism 1926 , Hiram W. He argued that Jews formed a non-American culture and resisted assimilation, although he denied being an anti-Semite. They learned, though more slowly, that alien ideas are just as dangerous to us as the aliens themselves, no matter how plausible such ideas may sound. One by one all our traditional moral standards went by the boards, or were so disregarded that they ceased to be binding. The Klan, therefore, has now come to speak for the great mass of Americans of the old pioneer stock. I don't think there are any biographies specific to him, per se, he's really just only mentioned in histories of the Klan which don't bother with what he did after he left the group.