Extremist Movements in Race and Politics

Archive Report

Growth of Radical Right Organizations

Probe of Klan by Un-American Activities Group

Investigation of the Ku Klux Klan, by one or both houses of Congress, became a virtual certainty when President Johnson sharply attacked the organization following the arrest of four of its members as suspects in the case of a Michigan civil rights worker murdered the night before on an Alabama highway. The President said before television cameras at the White House, March 26, that he was directing the Attorney General to proceed immediately “to develop legislation that will bring the activities of the Klan under effective control of the law.” He added that if committees of Congress wished, in connection with new legislation, to investigate the activities of the Klan and similar organizations “and ...

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