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As the civil rights movement grew in the 1960s, the long-dormant Ku Klux Klan reemerged with a vengeance. North Carolina, long seen as the most progressive southern state, saw a boom in Klan membership under the leadership of Grand Dragon Bob Jones. In just three years, the North Carolina Klan grew to some 10,000 members, helping give the state a new nickname: “Klansville, USA."
In the 1960s, Bob Jones was the most successful Grand Dragon in the United States. In just three years, he grew the North Carolina Ku Klux Klan from a handful of members to approximately 10,000, earning the state a new nickname: "Klansville, USA." But it wouldn't be long until the group caught the attention of the FBI. "Klansville U.S.A." premieres January 13, 2015 on PBS American Experience.
Watch a short video about what is coming to American Experience this January and February, with a message from Executive Producer Mark Samels. The season kicks off on January 6 with "Ripley: Believe It or Not," followed by "Klansville U.S.A.," "Edison," "The Big Burn," and "The Forgotten Plague."
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