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Keeping Canada British

The Ku Klux Klan in 1920s Saskatchewan

The Ku Klux Klan had its origins in the American South. It was suppressed but rose again in the 1920s, spreading into Canada, especially Saskatchewan. This book offers a new interpretation for the appeal of the Klan in 1920s Saskatchewan. It argues that the Klan should not be portrayed merely as an irrational outburst of intolerance but as a populist aftershock of the Great War – and a slightly more extreme version of mainstream opinion that wanted to keep Canada British. Through its meticulous exploration of a controversial issue central to the history of Saskatchewan and the formation of national identity, this book shines light upon a dark corner of Canada’s past.

308 pages

Table of Contents


1 The Ku Klux Klan Comes to Saskatchewan

2 Jimmy Gardiner Attacks the Klan

3 The Battle Rages

4 The Klan Rampant

5 Race and Immigration

6 Anti-Catholicism

7 The Threat of Moral Disorder

8 Rage against the Machine


Notes; Bibliography; Index

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