Klu Klux Klan Essay

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The Ku Klux Klan started in the early 1920’s as a social group and soon turned into an organized crime group. The purpose of this group was to take the rights of African Americans away. White superiority was the goal of the Ku Klux Klan. The KKK has killed dozens of African American people and was the first terrorist organization. (Wikipedia) The beginning of the KKK started in the December of 1865. Six veterans from Tennessee started the KKK. The name of one of their leaders was Nathan Bedford Forrest who was also a veteran of the civil war. The Klan wore white robes and cone shaped head gear that made them appear larger. At this time the KKK was a social group and it hadn’t yet been know for violence. The group was very secretive and soon became known as the “Invisible Empire”. (Wikipedia) Later on the KKK was known for very violent and racist acts. These acts include burning crosses, houses and killing African Americans and anyone who associated with them. The KKK had three steps to warn people, 1. Burn a cross on their front yard, 2. Burn their house down, and 3. Kill them. This was a very violent and unnecessary approach. The KKK claimed to have felt betrayed by their country by giving rights to the former slaves of the African American decent. (PBS) The KKK soon spread fear all over the south. The KKK is still around today but their numbers are very little. Bibliography http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/stories_org_kkk.html

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