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How Superman Serials Crippled the KKK

On June 10, 1946, a Superman radio serial, Clan of the Fiery Cross, began airing across the U.S. The serial was a deliberate attempt on the part of the writers and producers to put a dent in the post-war resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan.

According to DangerousMinds.net, the serial’s sixteen episodes “exposed many of the KKK’s most guarded secrets, including code words and rituals. The Klan relied a great deal on an inscrutable air of menace and mystery, and the Superman serial stripped the Klan of that mystique utterly. Almost overnight, the Klan’s recruitment efforts began drying up completely.”

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