Start Date

26-4-2012 1:00 PM

End Date

26-4-2012 2:15 PM

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Oregon's Compulsory Education Act, passed in 1922 and rejected by the Supreme court in 1925, required that all school-aged children attend public school. It was a direct attack on Catholics and Catholics schools by the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) and the Oregon Masons. However, when selling this idea to the public, the KKK and Masons never mention Catholics or any anti-Catholic sentiment behind the bill, and sold it purely as a public-school protective measure - thus they kept their bigotry "quiet."

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http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/7682

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Apr 26th, 1:00 PM Apr 26th, 2:15 PM

The Quiet Bigotry of Oregon's Compulsory Public Education Act

Oregon's Compulsory Education Act, passed in 1922 and rejected by the Supreme court in 1925, required that all school-aged children attend public school. It was a direct attack on Catholics and Catholics schools by the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) and the Oregon Masons. However, when selling this idea to the public, the KKK and Masons never mention Catholics or any anti-Catholic sentiment behind the bill, and sold it purely as a public-school protective measure - thus they kept their bigotry "quiet."