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Release Date: April 19, 2007

Pruitt presents findings on KKK

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University senior Nick Pruitt will present his honors research at 7 p.m. Monday in Wayland’s Gates Hall auditorium on the second floor of Gates Hall.

              Pruitt has written an honors thesis on the activities of the Ku Klux Klan in West Texas in the 1920s. Much of the recorded history of Plainview and West Texas deals little with the activity of the Klan. Through his research, however, Pruitt discovered that the Klan was very active in West Texas at the time. He also found that there was a very active anti-Klan movement as well.

              Pruitt’s research shows that the Klan placed most of its emphasis on combating social ills like prostitution, gambling and bootlegging. Its methods, however, were still intimidating and unlawful in some cases. One of the most outspoken opponents to the Klan at the time was the editor of the Plainview Herald.

              The public is invited to attend Pruitt’s presentation.