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History Talk Explores KKK in Kern
  September 27, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

The history of Kern County's Ku Klux Klan will be the featured topic at the next California State University, Bakersfield Faculty Research Series lecture. History professor Alicia Rodriquez will be discussing, "The Invisible Empire in the Golden Empire: The Ku Klux Klan in Kern County in the 1920s," at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Walter W. Stiern Library in the Dezember Reading Room.

"During the 1920s, a revival of the KKK spread across America," Rodriquez said. "The newest manifestation of the Klan moved outside of the American South, cultivating more members across the nation. The KKK took significant root in both Indiana and California. Kern County's local Klan forced the district attorney to launch a grand jury investigation into their activities in 1922." Rodriquez's discussion will focus on Kern County's Klan in relation to the KKK's larger history. She will also discuss the demographics of the rank and file member of Kern County's Klan.

Rodriquez is a history professor of 19th century America and the American South at CSUB. For more information on the Faculty Research Series please contact Curt Asher at (661) 654-3251 or