I cannot understand why it is un-American because a large group of our citizens who are native born and of the Protestant faith want to have a society of their own, just as those of other creeds and nationalities. I am an American of the 10th generation and rather resent the inference that I am un-American because I see no harm in it.
In Defense of the Ku Klux Klan 1921
In this letter, a Connecticut man addresses President Warren Harding to protest against calls in the press to disband the Ku Klux Klan.
National Archives, General Records of the Department of Justice