Editors’ Choice: Digital Map Shows Spread of KKK

A joint project between a history professor and VCU Libraries shows for the first time how the Ku Klux Klan spread across the United States between 1915 and 1940, establishing chapters in all 50 states with an estimated membership of between 2 million and 8 million. The project, “Mapping the Second Ku Klux Klan, 1915-1940,” is an animated, online map that illustrates the rise of the second Klan, which was founded in Atlanta in 1915 and spread rapidly across the country to total more than 2,000 local units, known as Klaverns.

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This content was selected for Digital Humanities Now by Editor-in-Chief Joshua Catalano based on nominations by Editors-at-Large: Antonio Jimenez-Munoz, Caitlin Christian-Lamb, María Cumplido, Elizabeth Hirsh, Ryan Watson, Rebecca Napolitano, Jennifer Rogers, Natalia Volkova, Leigh Bonds, Covadonga Lamar, Min Jiang, Vanessa Stone, Kaelin Jewell, Kelly Wall, Vanessa Ceia, and Bethany Qualls