Kevin M. Kruse @KevinMKruse Historian. Author/editor of White Flight; The New Suburban History; Spaces of the Modern City; Fog of War; One Nation Under God; Fault Lines. Feb. 11, 2019 2 min read

No, @Wikipedia is actually removing a fairly new myth about the 1924 Democratic National Convention from its page.

Let's dig in.

As @CleverTitleTK and @pashulman have noted repeatedly, the "Klanbake" term was used in a single paper in 1924 and then ... not really used again until 2000, when that same paper (the @NYDailyNews) ran another article on it.
 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/03/15/how-social-media-spread-a-historical-lie/?utm_term=.500f0dff27d7 

A search on Proquest Historical Newspapers doesn't find any mentions of the term, for instance, while a Google Ngram doesn't turn up anything either.

There may have been other mentions -- NYDN isn't in Proquest for instance -- but this shows the term was by no means common.

Anyway, after that erroneous NYDN story in 2000, social media began to spread the term, insisting that it *was* a common widely-used term for the 1924 Democratic National Convention.

Somewhere along the way, these posts merged into a meme, which you've probably seen before:

Now, this may come as a shock to you, but just because there's a black and white photo on the internet with some words on it, that doesn't actually mean those words are right.

Don't listen to me. Listen to what Abe Lincoln said at Gettysburg:

Anyway, that photographic "proof" of the Klanbake -- which is still the top result In Case You Want to Google It™ -- is actually a photo of a funeral procession in Madison, Wisconsin.

Here's the link to the original at the Wisconsin Historical Society:  https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Image/IM1902 

Anyway, as this false story spread, it somehow wound up on Wikipedia.

But that doesn't make it true. It seems that thanks to the fact-checking by @pashulman & @CleverTitleTK, Wikipedia has corrected its entry.

They're not "covering up" anything. They're trying to get it right.

In any case, even if that nickname *had* been commonly used in the 1920s, I'm not exactly sure what that would prove today.

As I've noted before, the 1920s Klan had a presence in *both* parties:

The people who (wrongly) insist that the 1924 Democratic National Convention was commonly known as the "Klanbake" never seem to wrestle with the fact that the 1924 Republican National Convention was called the "Kleveland Konvention" by @TIME. (screen shots from @CleverTitleTK)

But again, it's not a conspiracy to cover up the truth. It's a good effort by Wikiepedia to get the story right.

And if @JackPosobiec had bothered to read the full entry instead of bumbling into a fog of conspiracy theories, maybe he'd have realized that.


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