Historian Robert Alan Goldberg discusses his book, Hooded Empire: The Klu Klux Klan in Colorado, and its lessons for today. This is the Self in Society Podcast #17. The episode is also available on iTunes.
0:53 Goldberg’s journey to the Interior West
2:31 Introduction to the Klan
6:55 The 1920s Klan’s focus on Prohibition and anti-Catholicism
10:25 Conspiracy theories then and now
13:22 Prohibition, Catholics, and Immigrants
14:16 Conspiracy theories about Jews and Catholics
15:34 Conspiracy theories in the internet age
19:47 Anti-government views in America
23:52 Moral progress and regress in America
28:13 Goldberg’s interviews with Klan members
33:57 Klan leader John Galen Locke
36:17 The Klan’s violence in the 1920s
39:44 Klan Denver mayor Benjamin Stapleton
44:01 Klan governor Clarence Morley
49:25 The Klan in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Cañon City, and Grand Junction
57:19 Lessons for today
59:14 “Law and order” and “America first” sentiments as mainstream
1:02:07 The collapse of the Klan in Colorado
1:05:52 Reflections on the book
Read Hooded Empire via the University of Utah.
See my article for Complete Colorado about the Colorado Klan.
See the Self in Society Podcast page.