Aldrich Blake

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Aldrich Blake (born November 5, 1886) was born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to John Y. Filmore and Katharine Aldrich. He was a student at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.[1]

Aldrich Blake was executive counselor to Oklahoma governor J. C. Walton and later an opponent of the 1920s Ku Klux Klan. He was president of the National Anti-Klan Association from 1923 to 1924[2] and toured the country giving a lecture titled "The Ku Klux Kraze: A Trip though the Klavern."

Blake was opposed to the Klan’s tactics but not their goal of maintaining white supremacy. He saw Klan terror against Blacks as driving him out of the South and making him a national problem, especially for Whites in northern states.[3] After the Second World War he wrote several tracts critical of the so-called Civil Rights Movement.

Blake was the author of the 1950 novel My Kind! My Country! Characters in the novel present different perspectives on the race problem in America.[4] One part of the book depicts a dystopian future America in which a new state of “Negroland” is established replacing Mississippi.[5] One character in the book is Willard Jones, based on Gerald L. K. Smith whom Blake once supported.[6]

Blake was an associate of American nationalist publisher Willis Carto and California state senator Jack B. Tenney.

Works

  • You Wear the Big Shoe (1945) 101 pages with Oliver Carlson
  • How to Get Into Politics (1948)
  • My Kind! My Country! (1950) 385 pages
  • Civil Rights Or Civil Wrongs? (1953) 56 pages
  • The Job Can be Done! (1954) 20 pages
  • The Civil Rights Revolution (1955) 108 pages
  • Are Civil Rights Worth It? (1957) 4 pages
  • Massive Attack! (1959) 24 pages
  • The Only Way to Victory (1960) 24 pages

Notes

  1. Who’s Who on the Pacific Coast (1951), page 67
  2. Who’s Who on the Pacific Coast (1951), page 67
  3. Science For Segregation: Race, Law, And The Case Against Brown V. Board Of Education, by John P. Jackson, page 48
  4. Science For Segregation: Race, Law, And The Case Against Brown V. Board Of Education, by John P. Jackson, page 49
  5. California Crucible: The Forging of Modern American Liberalism, by Jonathan Bell, page 78
  6. Science For Segregation: Race, Law, And The Case Against Brown V. Board Of Education, by John P. Jackson, page 51