During the early 1920s, Jackson County was one of the many places in Oregon -- as well all across the nation -- where the revitalized Ku Klux Klan became a very powerful force in local politics and social interactions. Southern Oregon's unique experience with the Klan brought some unwanted national notoriety to our region. Yet, that same local experience was also simply part of a much broader KKK movement in 1920s America. The KKK's quite successful business model was built upon the relentless stoking of public fears over the religious, ethnic, and racial differences of the time.
Jeff Lalande has lived in the Rogue Valley for 50 years. The author of several books and many articles on Northwest history, he was also an adjunct professor at Southern Oregon University. A substantial portion of his University of Oregon History-PhD dissertation dealt with the 1920s KKK of Jackson County.