The Klu Klux Klan Of The 1920S Essay

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The Klu Klux Klan Of The 1920s The 1920’s were a period or rapid growth and change in America. After World War I American’s were introduced to a lifestyle of lavishness they had never experienced before. The image of African-American’s changed from rural, uneducated “peasants” to urban, sophisticated, cosmopolites. However, things were not as sunny as they appeared. The poor Blacks in the South never received any of the racial tolerance up north. They lived in a world of racism and the Ku Klux Klan. The Ku Klux Klan is one of America’s oldest and most feared groups. The Klu Klux Klan threatened the very beliefs from which our country was built. Motivated by the dream of a world with only one race, the KKK used violence and moves above the law to support their cause. (Evans) The Ku Klux Klan began almost by accident during the rebuilding process after the civil war in the Southern United States. The southern people suffered from the effects of the great war. Many of them lost their homes and plantations, many also lost friends and loved ones to the war. The original Ku Klux Klan was formed, in April 1866, as a social organization for ex-confederates in Pulaski, Tennessee. This was during the time after the civil war, known as the Reconstruction period (Benet's). The name Ku Klux Klan came from the Greek word kuklos, meaning band or circle (Benet's). The Ku Klux Klan spread very rapidly through the south and soon got the nickname of the "Invisible Empire" (Ingalls). In 1867, Nathaniel Bedford Forrest, an ex-confederate cavalry leader, and many other ex-confederates held a meeting and converted the social group to a group that opposed the Republican State government (Trelease). Nathaniel Bedford and many common group members, Klansmen, formed this group for three reasons. They wanted to keep white supremacy evident, make sure the black community did not

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