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How did the Ku Klux Klan start and spread?
Transcript of How did the Ku Klux Klan start and spread?
it originate? The Klan's ghostly uniforms and rituals frightened superstitious Negroes. Once they found out, they lost no time recruiting members up to 550,000 William Joseph Simmons founded the second KKK organization in 1915. It went to become the largest Klan in history. Transmitted by word of mouth and newspaper articles; the knowledge of the Klan rapidly spread through the South. The rapid expansion of the Klan was fueled by a wide-spread fear among many Southern Whites of an uprising by former slaves and great hate against Northerners who had gone into the South since the end of the war. The KKK’s empire was short-lived, its decline was hurried by the disgust of many southerners to its extreme methods. By 1868, its power was beginning to decline. In 1871 Congress passed the Klu Klux Klan Act that authorized the use of federal troops in the Klan’s collapse and for the trial of its members in federal court. The Klan melted away, or a least did not make any further public appearances until its revival in 1915.