Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
A pamphlet titled "Principles and Purposes of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan." The pamphlet is printed on white paper in black text. The front cover features the title of the pamphlet inside a rectangular border. Printed in bold text below the title is “Are Outlined by / An Exalted Cyclops / of the Order.” The pamphlet describes in detail the beliefs of the Ku Klux Klan.
An excerpt from the first page reads, "The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, as now organized, is a patriotic, benevolent, fraternal order, the chief aims of which are to bring the different branches of the Protestant church into a closer relationship, one with another; to inculcate a purer patriotism in its members; to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the United States and the separate states thereof; to maintain, perfect and perpetuate the free public schools and to preserve the United States as a Protestant Christan nation. To be eligible to membership in this all American order, one must have been born in the United States, of white parentage, be over eighteen years of age and of the Protestant Christian faith."
Objects depicting symbols of hate or related to organized hate groups may be offensive and disturbing, but the NMAAHC aims to include them in the Collection to present and preserve the historical context in which they were created and used. Objects of this type provide an important historical record from which to study and evaluate history and culture.