News: When the Klan ruled ColoradoFebruary 23, 2010
Yesterday we began our series on the history of immigration by hearing about Italian immigration into Colorado at the turn of the century. That huge wave of immigrants led to a pushback from the native-born population, and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado. For much of the twenties, the Klan had control over communities from Denver to Grand Junction -- and here in the valley.
Bob Goldberg is a professor of history at the University of Utah, and author of Hooded Empire: The Ku Klux Klan in Colorado. KDNK's Mathew Katz had a chance to speak with Professor Goldberg, who says that the clan had an ingenious way of infiltrating the state.