It is estimated that during this brief period from 1915 to 1925 the Klan gained anywhere from 2 to 5 million members. Document J shows the KKK having an initiation ceremony in 1921 where hundreds of members are gathered in Houston, Texas. (A pro-KKK movie "The Birth of a Nation", based on a novel, helped the Klan gain supporters and increased racism in the country; many people tried to stop this movie from being showed; document B details one small example of this opposition...
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But while the KKK was full of corruption at the top, observers commented on the ?ordinariness' of the members. The Klan had promised to return the nation to an imagined purity (this being ethnic, moral, and religious purity), which appealed greatly to uneducated, very religious, and economically marginal Americans that were disoriented by a quickly changing social and moral order...