Klansmen: Guardians of Liberty.
Anti-Catholic diatribe by a feminist and first woman bishop in the United States
Anti-Roman Catholic diatribe by Bishop Alma Bridwell White (1862–1946), feminist, evangelist, founder of the break-away Methodist church, Pillar of Fire International, and supporter of the Ku Klux Klan.
The Klan’s opposition to the Roman Catholic Church aligned neatly with her own views that Catholics were a pernicious element in American education, politics, and society. Targets of Bishop white’s attack here include the Pope, the Knights of Columbus, and Catholic religious orders of women.
Klansmen: Guardians of Liberty contains over 40 cartoon-like, vignette illustrations by Rev. Branford Clarke (1885–1947), a some-time pastor in the Pillar of Fire Church in Brooklyn. With Bishop White he also shared racist and antisemitic views.
The concluding section of the book includes a half tone plate showing the Pillar of Fire church’s Alma Preparatory School and Zarephath Bible Institute in New Jersey and the Pillar of Fire College in Denver, Colorado. With notices of Bishop White’s other books and periodicals she edited.
“During the 1920s White began to turn more attention to national political and social issues, in the process fashioning a unique hybrid philosophy dictated by her own personal views, concerns, and prejudices. In 1922 she came into contact with the Ku Klux Klan and, finding its anti-Catholicism and general opposition to modernist theology in harmony with her nativist and fundamentalist leanings, lent her support to the organization. White spoke at numerous Klan rallies in New Jersey and the Midwest in the early and mid-1920s.” (ANB)
Description: Klansmen: Guardians of Liberty.
Zarephath, New Jersey: The Good Citizen, 1926. Frontis, 174pp + 1 plate. First Edition [?] Booklet. 7 x 5 inches. Illustrated, stiff paper wrappers; side stapled. Cover illustration and numerous additional text illustrations by Rev. Branford Clarke. Light rubbing; creasing and soiling to wrappers; good to very good.