To What Extent Did the Ku Klux Klan Prevented African Americans from Gaining Civil Rights in the Years 1960-64?

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To what extent did The Ku Klux Klan prevented African Americans from gaining Civil Rights in the years 1960-64? Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the Ku Klux Klan re-emerged, feeling that their goal of white supremacy was being challenged by the Civil Rights Campaign. Between these years they created many problems for the campaign, and could even be blamed for the lack of Civil Rights legislation in this period. One of the key ways in which the Klan blocked any progress was through intimidation and fear. In many Southern States the force and presence of the Klan was enough to dissuade African Americans from joining the campaign - Mississippi, as state with the highest amount of Klan activity also had the lowest amount of registered African American voters, and the lowest amount of NAACP activists. The Klan’s ability to intimidate African Americans could be viewed as a reason in explaining why it took so long for the Bill to be passed. The open racism of the klan was another big issue for the Civil Rights Campaign. The conspicuous nature of their hate made racism more commonplace, and accepted thing that happened. This de facto bigotry made it more difficult for civil rights activist to change the hearts and minds of the activists, and made politicians reticent about their support of the campaign, for fear of losing public support. The Klan spread their hateful message through the Southern States, inciting similar violence against the activists, and persuading the public that passing the Civil Rights Act would “open the bedroom doors of our white women to Negro men” this led to a lack of support for the movement, and a strong belief in the actions and motives of the Klan. The activities of the Klan weren’t just limited to violent acts and intimidation. Many Klan members held roles in the authorities, or were part of citizen’s committees, who had control over
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