The Klu Klux Klan Essay

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The Ku Klux Klan is a secret terrorist organization. They led underground resistance against the civil rights and political power of the newly freed slaves during the Reconstruction period after the American Civil War. The Klan was founded in 1866 in Pulaski Tennessee by Confederate veterans. It was meant to be a fraternity, social club; the Ku Klux Klan was reconstructed along the political and racial lines, a year later in Nashville, Tennessee. The Klan is sometimes called the Invisible Empire. The terrorist activities of the group began to increase with more kidnappings and murders in the South. The Klan is willing to do anything to obtain their ideal America. The Decades”, is a TV series on the History Channel that describes American History beginning with our founding fathers, to present day America. One segment on the Klan describes how the Klan started and how the Klan used violence against blacks, Jews, Catholics, and homosexuals to obtain their goal of white supremacy in the U.S. The Ku Klux Klan affected society in the past in many ways. It began in 1866 when confederate veterans led an underground resistance against newly freed slaves, civil rights and political power (“Ku Klux Klan” 1). The Klan promoted violence to obtain their ideal white supremacy country. Dressed in robes and hoods designed to frighten and intimidate victims and also to prevent identification by authorities(“ Ku Klux Klan” 1). Klansmen whipped and murdered freed slaves during nighttime raids. African Americans feared the Klan because of their inhuman intimidation (“ Wikipedia” 1).The Klan drove them out of their communities destroying their crops and burning their houses and farms. The murders and kidnapping started to increase, so the Grand Wizard called for national disbandment t in 1869, but local groups remained active.(“Ku Klux Klan” 1). The federal

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