Linda Gordon to give Goodstein Lecture on the legacy of the KKK

Historian Linda Gordon will present the annual Goodstein Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in Gailor Auditorium. Her talk, “The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the Legacy of American Bigotry,” is open to the public.

Linda Gordon is a professor of history and University Professor of the Humanities at New York University, teaching courses on gender, social movements, imperialism, and the 20th-century U.S. She has won many prestigious awards, including Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, Radcliffe Institute, and the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center fellowships. She completed graduate study in Russian history at Yale, receiving a Ph.D., but became one of a pioneering generation of U.S. historians examining women and gender.

Gordon’s books The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction and Dorothea Lange: A Life beyond Limits both won the Bancroft Prize. She is one of only three historians to have won this award twice. Her new book, The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition, theorizes that a revived and mainstream Klan in the 1920s left a troubling legacy that demands a reexamination today.