The Press: The Constitution Wins

The Atlanta Constitution and Executive Editor Ralph McGill buckled down to work 13 years ago to drive the Ku Klux Klan out of Georgia. The Constitution repeatedly headlined hooded assault and fiery cross burnings, prodded lethargic cops into jailing several of the ringleaders, kept up a constant drumfire of ridicule. When Indiana Veterinarian James A. Colescott was chosen Imperial Wizard of the Klan, Editor McGill wrote: "For the first time the Klan has chosen a proper man, a veterinarian skilled in dealing with dumb animals."

The Klan fought back. Hooded Klans men paraded around...

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