The Klanwatch Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has drawn together some of its more important reporting of recent years on the Ku Klux Klan in an effort to provide an easy-to-use resource for our readers. What follows are links to four types of articles:

1) general information about the Klan, including historical accounts and profiles of certain individuals;

2) a selection of important stories about the Klan in the last decade or so, drawn from the pages of the SPLC’s quarterly Intelligence Report and presented in reverse chronological order;

3) stories and court documents related to SPLC lawsuits against Klan organizations and leaders; and,

4) articles focused on legal questions related to dealing with the Klan, especially for law enforcement and municipal officials.

General and historic information on the Klan:

Ku Klux Klan overview and lexicon

Essay by Klan historian David Chalmers

Brotherhood of Klans: A profile

Church of the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan: A profile

Imperial Klans of America: A profile

Knights of the Ku Klux Klan: A profile

Louis Beam: A profile

Jeff Berry: A profile

Barry Black: A profile

Ron Edwards

Revisiting the Ku Klux Klan: A review of three books on the Klan

The Franchise: The Klan and immigration

Battling the Klan in the 1960s: Bogalusa, La.

A Different Kind of Hero: Nathan Bedford Forrest and the early Klan

Remembering Reality: The Klan and the civil rights movement


A sampling of stories on Klan groups from the Intelligence Report:

Klan Murder Shines Light on Bogalusa, La. (2009)
The aftermath of the killing of a Klan initiate.

Children of Hate (2009)
A feature on the offspring of Klansmen who chose a different course.

Woman Murdered After Trying to Quit Klan (2009)
Klansmen in Louisiana murder a recent initiate.

A New Racist Sister Act Underwhelms (2009)
The latest racist musical act comes from the Knights of the KKK.

Kick the Klan (2008)
A Klan leader in the town where James Byrd was murdered changes course.

Southern Gothic (2007)
An in-depth look at a Klan plot in North Carolina.

How Sam Dickson Got Rich (2006)
A look at a former Klan lawyer’s business dealings.

Former Klansman Admits Plot to Bomb Migrants (2005)
White Knights of the KKK member pleads guilty in death plot.

Insatiable (2003)
A profile of David Duke in the wake of his tax fraud conviction.

Hate and Heritage (2003)
The Klan honors a Southern “heritage” activist.

Sad Sack Knights (2002)
The National Knights of the KKK embarrass themselves again.

American Knights Leader Sentenced to Seven Years (2002)
Jeff Berry is sent to prison.


Information about SPLC lawsuits involving the Klan:

Case Docket: Brown v. Invisible Empire, Knights of the KKK (1980)

Case Docket: Vietnamese Fisherman’s Association v. Knights of the KKK (1981)

Case Docket: Person v. Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (1984)

Case Docket: McKinney v. Southern White Knights (1987)

Case Docket: Macedonia v. Christian Knights of the KKK (1996)

Klan Leader Faces Ruin After SPLC Lawsuit (2000)
The American Knights of the KKK founders.

Center Lawsuit Expanded to Include IKA (2007)
The case against the Imperial Klans of America adds new defendants.

SPLC Wins $2.5 Million Verdict Against Imperial Klans of America (2008)
The court judgment is detailed.

Crushing the Klan (2009)
The SPLC lawsuit against the Imperial Klans of America is described.


Legal stories related to the Klan:

Holding Klan Leaders Accountable: Suing Hate Leaders for Followers’ Crimes

Officer Klansman? Dealing with law enforcement officials in the Klan

Supreme Court to Weigh Statutes Outlawing Cross Burning

Guarding Against Hate: Prison guards who belong to the Klan

Public Radio Versus the Klan: Must NPR accept Klan advertising?