The Jersey City Free Public Library is proud to present a LIVE book discussion on Saturday, May 30th at 1PM over on our YouTube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/jclibrarynj
Joseph Bilby, historian and Assistant Curator of the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey, will discuss his recent book (with Harry Ziegler) on the rise and fall of the Ku Klux Klan in New Jersey, including Jersey City, in the period between World War One and World War Two.
From the publisher's site: "New Jersey is celebrated for its strong communities built across religious and ethnic lines as one of the nation’s most diverse states. The state, though, was not immune to the reemergence of the Ku Klux Klan in the first half of the twentieth century. Former vaudevillians Arthur H. Bell and his wife used the tactics of public theater to advertise and recruit for the organization. At a massive riot in Perth Amboy, thousands of immigrants besieged a few hundred Klansmen, tossed them out of building windows, burned their cars and ran them out of town. The allying of pro-Nazi German Bund groups and the Klan in the lead-up to World War II marked the end of the Klan’s foothold."