Nation: Wisdom on Bogalusa

Another stinging setback for the Grand Knights came from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which severely enjoined Klan members from interfering with the civil rights of Negroes in Louisiana's Washington Parish, whose biggest town is strife-torn Bogalusa (pop. 23,000). In a decision that may deter Klan mischief more effectively than any number of congressional investigations, Judge John Minor Wisdom warned Klan toughs all over the South that they face effective federal intervention at the smallest interference with Negroes' rights, can no longer use economic coercion and threats of violence to keep Negroes from voting.

Klan intimidation earlier...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!