Edmund Duffy: “Keep the dirty furriners out”


While most people believe that the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1920’s was primarily driven by fear and hatred of African Americans, the reality was that the KKK was largely driven by anti-immigration sentiment, most notably fear of Catholics and Jews from Europe’s poorest nations.

No one captured that sentiment better than Edmund Duffy, three-time Pulitizer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Baltimore Sun.

Johns Hopkins University has just discovered and posted online an archive of his cartoon sketches, and one summarizes sentiment that Donald Trump has managed to mobilize on his run for the White House, a run recently endorsed by the Imperial Wizard of the KKK and the chairman of the American Nazi Party.

Needless to say, today’s Klan has dredged up its anti-immigrant stance in hopes of capitalizing on the atmosphere Trump has created.

And that brings us to the cartoon:

“Keep the dirty furriners out” — Edmund Duffy (1920s/30s): Liberal for his time, Duffy often tackled topics ranging from environmentalism to race. An advocate for civil rights and equality, he was fond of taking on and mocking the Ku Klux Klan and their supporters in his work, viciously condemning lynching and other KKK activities. This piece pokes fun at American xenophobia, particularly within the KKK, and government reaction to both anti-immigrant sentiment and the flourishing of the KKK.

“Keep the dirty furriners out” — Edmund Duffy (1920s/30s): Liberal for his time, Duffy often tackled topics ranging from environmentalism to race. An advocate for civil rights and equality, he was fond of taking on and mocking the Ku Klux Klan and their supporters in his work, viciously condemning lynching and other KKK activities. This piece pokes fun at American xenophobia, particularly within the KKK, and government reaction to both anti-immigrant sentiment and the flourishing of the KKK.

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