Reporters Inquire About Hugo Black's Membership in the Ku Klux Klan Ca. 1937

Reporters Inquire About Hugo Black's Membership in the Ku Klux Klan Ca. 1937

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In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Senator Hugo Black (D, AL), an ardent supporter of the New Deal, to the U.S. Supreme Court. Controversy erupted immediately because Black was a purported member of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). In order to verify this rumor, newspaper reporters interviewed KKK Grand Dragon J. L. Baskin, asking if it was true that Black was a member. Although Baskin freely admitted that he himself was a KKK member, he refused to divulge Black's secret. Although at first, Black denied the accusations, eventually he admitted that membership in the KKK was essential to any Alabama politician's career.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : WPA Film Library, [1937]
Copyright Date: ©1937
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (1 min., 14 sec.)) : sound.
video file, rda
Additional Contributors: WPA Film Library
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