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Conclusion
An “Invisible” Empire?
ByMiguel Hernandez
Pages 10

The final section of this book provides a summary of the key findings of this research. The Conclusion outlines the fundamental role that the Ku Klux Klan’s new form of fraternalism played in attracting new members by advocating militant action and celebrating white Protestant American values. In addition, it is explained how Klansmen targeted Freemasons for recruitment in order to employ their respectability to shield themselves from criticism. Finally, the Conclusion emphasizes the central role that the Invisible Empire’s public image and the perceptions of the movement played in the rise and fall of the Second Klan in 1920s America.