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From the abstract of a new paperSep 18 2007

From the abstract of a new paper on the influence of the Ku Klux Klan by Roland Fryer and Steven Levitt:

Surprisingly, we find few tangible social or political impacts of the Klan. There is little evidence that the Klan had an effect on black or foreign born residential mobility, or on lynching patterns. Historians have argued that the Klan was successful in getting candidates they favored elected. Statistical analysis, however, suggests that any direct impact of the Klan was likely to be small. Furthermore, those who were elected had little discernible effect on legislation passed.

The full paper is available on Fryer's web site. (via mr)

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