Keywords: Fraternal organizations
In Maine, like many other states, a newly formed Ku Klux Klan organization began recruiting members in the years just before the United States entered World War I. A message of patriotism and cautions about immigrants and non-Protestants drew many thousands of members into the secret organization in the early 1920s. By the end of the decade, the group was largely gone from Maine.
Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.
… days, the GAR limited its activities merely to fraternal activities. Members soon began discussing politics, and their growing interest in pensions…
… The Knights of Pythias was another post-Civil War fraternal organization and secret society founded at Washington, DC, in 1864.