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The Ku Klux Klan

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Heather Clarke

on 7 March 2013

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By: Heather Clarke The Ku Klux Klan In 1866, The Ku Klux Klan was founded in Pulaski, Tennessee by 6 Veterans of the Confederate army. The members of this Klan believed in White supremacy. The Beginning of the Ku Klux Klan Their main targets were African Americans, Republicans, Jews, Catholics, and lastly Immigrants. They wear white costumes: Robes, masks, and conical hats designed to be outlandish terrifying, and to hide their identities. The most well-known method used by the KKK to intimidate was cross burning. The leader of the KKK is called the Grand Wizard of the Empire. They burned black Churches, also. The Klan became highly active after the Leo Frank case. The effect of the KKK was very great. They lynched and beat many African Americans. This group set a racist outlook on everything. African Americans could not live by themselves without the fear of being mobbed. They committed hate crimes and put them all over the Media. They terrorized blacks and denied them any civil or political rights. The KKK was officially disbanded by its own Grand Wizard and founding member former Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forest in 1869.
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The original social organization became an extremely violent terrorist group that got out of control of its leaders.

By that time, the Federal government was effectively seeking out the Klan members and was about to pass the Ku Klux Klan Act suspending a trial for suspected Klan Members. The KKK Today: They are not as public with their hatred as they were back then. These members claim that they do not hate anybody, but that every race should remain separate. They feel that the white people are losing their rights and that blacks are corrupting and taking over America. They have a website and still have meetings and cross burnings today! Websites Used www.archive.org
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