Who’s Intolerant? Hamilton, Trump, and a Klan Essay Contest

Published on November 22, 2016 at the University Press of Kansas blog.

The danger the Klan feared was too much faith in fellow human beings. Suspicion of others is easier than trust. Intolerance is easier than tolerance. The Klan could claim the mantle of tolerance as long as its members did not have to practice it. Essay by essay, intolerance became a virtue and tolerance was a threat too great to chance.