The Ku Klux Klan: History and Methods of Instilling Fear

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The Ku Klux Klan: History and methods of instilling fear Introduction The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is an American group who believed that white people are superior, and didn’t want to get along with any other ethnic group. It began at the end of the American civil war in 1865, in the southern states. This paper explores the history of KKK and the methods of instilling fear they used against black people. The History of The Ku Klux Klan W. E. Burghardt Du Bois stated in his article “The Shape of Fear” that the Ku Klux Klan is an American terrorist group that emerged after the civil war. After the end of slavery, white southern men came up with ways of oppressing black people. They formed the KKK, which was led by some members of the confederate army. The first group of the KKK was established in Tennessee in 1866 and later spread to Nashville in 1867. In the first years, they terrorized blacks and their sympathizers whom they blamed for the election of radical republicans. Their first objective of the group was to stop the blacks from voting. The group gained much popularity and had significant authority to the government. Du Bois also stated that the group used to affect the decisions of the government because it had the majority of the members. As it was mention in “A Brief History of the Ku Klux Klan” article, “By the early 1920s the Klan had more than 2 million members and exercised great political power in the south, in the boarder states, and in the Midwest.” Their activities and resolutions in the government were very inhuman because it discriminated against some of the people. Du Bois state that the KKK dominated the southern region for very many years, where the Africans were discriminated, and their rights violated. The Methods of instilling fear Du Bois mentions in his article that the KKK used to burn and loot the properties of

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