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Jewish RadicalsA Documentary History$
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Tony Michels

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757437

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757437.001.0001

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An Encounter with a Klansman (memoir; n.d.)

An Encounter with a Klansman (memoir; n.d.)

(p.126) 19 An Encounter with a Klansman (memoir; n.d.)
Jewish Radicals

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This chapter describes an encounter between a Communist organizer, orator, and official—Sam Adams Darcy—and his encounter with a Klansman during a speaking tour in the United States. Darcy had hitchhiked around the country and delivered speeches, and depending on public reception he would help the locals set up Communist organizations of their own. Given that one of the fundamental theses of the Communist program is its empathy with the working class, Darcy had befriended an old farmer and hoped to spread Communist ideals to the local agricultural sector, believing that these people would be most sympathetic to his cause. However, upon discovery that his new friend was a Klansman, Darcy soon realized that the poorest of the farmers would not become Communist allies straightaway.

Keywords:   Sam Adams Darcy, Ku Klux Klan, Communism, working class, poor farmers

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