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The Ku Klux Klan in relation to- To Kill A Mockingbird

Writing an Speaking Project

David Black

on 19 February 2013

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Ku Klux Klan In relation to Harper Lee's
To Kill A Mockingbird Who they Are The KKK was created overnight in 1866, by ex-confederate soldiers in Pulaski, Tennessee.

The KKK is a cult.

Failed attempts have been made throughout history to disband the cult.

Reached their peak in the 1920's with over 3 million members.

1865-1870 population = 550,000 1915-1944 population = 3-6 million

In 1910's-20's there were approximately 6 million members of the KKK. About 10% of the nation at that time. History of the Klan http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/The+KKK In the 1920's and 1930's Alabama was controlled by the Ku Klux Klan.

Hugo L. Black was a U.S Supreme Court Justice and an active member of the kkk in Alabama

They were responsible for the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. A group of white supremasits, with a strong Dislike or even hatred towards other races.

Also known for having hatred of Jews, Catholics, and socialists.
Extremely racist. http://www.kkk.bz/whenan.htm The KKK Today The KKK endorsed Obama for president, saying Hilary Clinton was worse than anything.

They still exist, and are growing in numbers yet again.

They can be found in courtrooms across America fighting for the same beliefs they had in 1866

Bringing a Message of "Hope" not hate. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26087413/ Why? The KKK believes "white" is a superior race.

They believe blacks should not have equal opportunities for jobs. Quotes "Mrs. Dubose’s shot had gone home and she knew it: “Yes indeed, what has the world come to when a Finch goes against his raisings? I’ll tell you!” She put her hand to her mouth. When she drew it away, it trailed a long silver thread of saliva. “Your fathers no better than the niggers and trash he works for!”' (Lee 135)

"Persecution comes from people who are prejudiced." (Lee 329)

"That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss. Maudie about it. "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."' (Lee 119)

'" You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view [...] until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."' (Lee 39) Citations modern KKK Culture Ku Klux Klan is a lifestyle.

Many youths still attend segregated schools.

They have their own music, and propaganda.

They have community BBQ's and they have rules in their society. Alabama and the KKK According to the Klan, the blood drop represents the blood shed by Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for the White Aryan Race. This flag is a symbol for extreme racism and is worn by KKK members. http://kkk.com/ The Knights Party USA. Rachel Pendergraft, n.d. Web. 8 Feb. 2013.
Burning of Crosses - A wide known symbol of terror for the KKK but it also had unique meaning to the Klan. It proved their Christian fellowship and was a beacon to non white individuals that the Klan was dominant.
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