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The Ku Klux Klan and The Salem Witch Trials
Christopher Marinon 5 October 2012
Transcript of The Ku Klux Klan and The Salem Witch Trials
Founded by six young men December of 1865 and the summer of 1866 in the town of Pulaski, Tennessee.
Founders are John C. Lester, James R. Crowe, John D. Kennedy, Calvin Jones, Richard R. Reed, and Frank O. McCord.
The First appointed and most recognized Grand Wizard (Leadership position) in the Klan was Nathan Bedford Forest.
Today there are over 40 different KKK groups ;An estimated 5,000 members. Nathan Bedford Forrest Brief Description The Salem witch trials were the result of a period of paranoia that influenced the Puritan faith. This lead to the death of 20 (approx.) citizens. People were accused of witchcraft
Took place in Massachusetts,
Lasted from February 1692 to May of 1693
Many believed that the black arts were being practiced through out Salem. In Relation to each other The Hysteria In The Ku Klux Klan In The Salem witch trials The Ku Klux Klan has demonstrated hysteria since their founding. This organization portrays such inhumane, violent, racial, and discriminative acts, in order to promote themselves as supremacist beings. "a condition affecting a group of persons, characterized by excitement or anxiety, irrational behavior or beliefs, or inexplicable symptoms of illness." - dictionary.com About The KKK Pregudism The Salem Witch Trials are also an example of hysteria. The irrationality of the people led to the false accusation of the group of innocent people who were supposedly "witches" or practiced "witchcraft". Persecution Persecution - "a program or campaign to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate a people because of their religion, race, or beliefs." - dictionary.com Both are similar in the sense that certain groups were harmed due to the ignorance and unreasonable actions that were presented by both the KKK and during the Salem witch trials. Sources Works Cited
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"Vengance/Revenge." Dictionary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Oct. 2012. <http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/revenge>. In the Ku Klux Klan In the Ku Klux Klan, African Americans
were persecuted along with Jews,
Roman Catholics, along with other
minorities that would interfere with their
ideas of white supremacy. In the Salem Witch Trials In the early Puritanism beliefs,
witchcraft was looked at something
real and horrendous. The Puritans
persecuted anyone who was
remotely thought to be a witch. Revenge Revenge- "to exact punishment or expiation for a wrong on behalf of, especially in a resentful or vindictive spirit"- dictionary.com In the Ku Klux Klan In the Salem Witch Trials In the KKK, members work together as a band of brothers to seek hateful revenge on those that disagree on their beliefs, or those who have stood against the Klan. This often leads to much violence and even death. Abigail Williams, Mary Warren, Mercy Lewis, and all of the girls who accused most citizens also worked together as a team. Their goal was to seek revenge on those who had disrespected them in the past, or treated them unfairly.