Marketing a Bad Idea: Why So Many People Joined the Klan in the 1920s

How did the Klu Klux Klan manage to gain so many members during the 1920s? Class members examine Klan documents and promotional materials to gain an understanding of the propaganda techniques used to attract members.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members investigate the influence of the Klan in their area, both during the 1920s and today
Classroom Considerations

  • The activity presumes class members are familiar with basic propaganda appearls

  • The 10-page resource includes background information for teachers, an overview of the lesson, links to all required materials, step-by-step directions for the activity, and a rubric for the collage assignment

  • The collage assignment could be viewed as promoting the Klan; therefore, revise the assignment and ask teams to identify the propaganda devices used in the various materials
Common Core