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Transcript of KKK Presentation
Establishment of the Ku Klux Klan
The establishment of the KKK was basically started by unrepentant Confederates who were going to use terrorism to get back what they lost on the battlefield. They were still upset over the war and weren't backing down yet. It was nothing as sinister as the myths. The truth was, six men from the Confederate Army were bored and still angry over what happened in the war. The names of the six retired soldiers were John Lester, James Crowe, John Kennedy, Calvin Jones, Richard Reed, and Frank McCord. They were bored sitting around a fire one night in Pulaski, Tennessee in December, and came up with the Klan idea. The original idea was basically to just have a small club. They didn't do anything major, mostly sat around talking.
Different Parts of the KKK
In every separate group their is a :
Klaliff - vice president
Klokard - lecturer
Kludd - chaplain
Kligrapp - secretary
Klabee - treasurer
Kladd - "conductor", in charge of initiating new members
Klarogo - inner guard, sergeant-at-arms
Klexter - outer guard
Nighthawks - couriers
Political Members: President Warren G. Harding, President Woodrow Wilson, President McKinley, President Calvin Coolidge, President Harry S. Truman and Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black
The KKK were a religious group who hated republicans and different races. They used all kinds of scare tactics; some of them killing people in brutal ways. These tactics included lynching, illegal hangings, tar and feathering, and just killing them. They also marched and protested against certain things that they didn't like. Most people in the KKK were white southerners that used to own slaves or were born into the religion. The KKK started after slavery was illegal and abolished and threw a major curve in the 1800's due to KKK's frightening republicans and Africans to the point of not voting republican.
The Ku Klux Klan, or the KKK, was a group for White, Anglo-Saxon, Christian Americans.
The Klan believed that there race was better than all others and that all other races were unnecessary.
The Klans goal in the 1800's was to bring white supremacy back and to eliminate republicans, not just different races.
The Klans goal in the 1900s to today is to eliminate different races, mainly African Americans.
Who Were the Ku Klux Klan and What Was There Goal?
How Did The KKK Affect Reconstruction?
The KKK disrupted the election process because they put fear in blacks and republicans to vote for any northern/republican leaders. The KKK helped to enforce Black Codes in the south and if there were any issues, the blacks handled it with one of their many punishments such as lynchings, beatings, etc.
Rise and Fall of the KKK
The Klan was popular for a time but then was disbanded in 1869. It lay dormant until 1915, when it was reactivated by a small group of friends and was led by "Colonel" William Joseph Simmons, the new Imperial Wizard. In the 1920's the Klan died back out due to a lawsuit placed upon a well known Klansman.
Are the Klans Back? Are They In Missouri?
In 2006, there was a small rebirth of KKK's.
-There was a Klan Jam in 2006 in Alabama.
-Klansmen participated in the National Socialists Movement rally in Ohio in 2006.
-Members of a KKK held an anti-immigration rally in Texas in 2006.
There are three known about KKK groups in Missouri today.
1. Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
2. True Invisible Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. (Park Hills, MO)
3. True Invisible Empire Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (Potosi, MO)
Overview of The KKK
-The largest gathering in Klan history took place in Kokomo, Indiana on Independence day, 1923. It was an assemblage of 200,000 members
- The klan adopted their name from the word kuklos. The word means "circle" in Greek.
-During the second era, the Klan also conducted non-violent actions to intimidate people. These included rallies, sit-downs, and public speaking.
-Today's KKK is also associated with Nazis "skinheads" adopting there look and emblems. They even have there own coded language AYAK, (are you a klansman?) The response is AKIA ( a klansman I am).
-Even the horses the KKK rode were forced to wear white face masks.