Why The Ku Klux Klan Uncovered?

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The Ku Klux Klan Uncovered We all recognize the Ku Klux Klan for their white robes and pointy white hoods that have been around for more than 143 years. Although many of us know their symbols and as well as their existence, we fail to recognize the real origin of this white supremacist hate group. In fact, many of us don’t even know half the story of the KKK and how cruel and violent they still are and have been in the past . The Ku Klux Klan is a racial hate group in the United States that is responsible for numerous crimes against the black community and other racial communities as well. As I mentioned above, the Ku Klux Klan is the name of several historical and contemporary American white supremacist organizations. In the…show more content…
Now lets closely examine its periods of decline it has as well as those of revival. In 1871 violence aroused by the KKK was so bad and frequent that Republicans in Congress gave the President at the time Ulysses S. Grant the power to use national troops in places were order had to be restored. The Klan was instantly intimidated with the trained soldiers whom had the power to arrest and hold them without a trial. This forced Klan members to stay back and thus activity declined greatly. However, some Southern whites did become violent once again in order to regain control but the Klan as a whole had disappeared by 1872. In 1882 the United States Supreme Court declared the KKK unconstitutional. In the mid-1920’s the KKK’s power began to wane once again and by 1930 it had almost disappeared (Levitas and Benedicts). In 1928 Alfred E. Smith received the democratic presidential nomination and this brought a period of decline to the KKK and I say this because although he was a democrat he was also Catholic, one of the many faiths the KKK opposed to (“Ku Klux Klan“). However, not every part of the KKK’s history brought them bad news. At the turn of the century the story of the Klan was popularized in Thomas B. Dixon’s book “The Clansman” (1905). A few years later D.W. Griffith bought the copyrights and produced Dixon’s book into the movie he later titled “The Birth of A Nation” (1915). Both the book and the movie led to the revival of the KKK which spread throughout the nation preaching anti-catholic, anti-black, anti-Jew, anti-immigrant, anti-socialist, and anti-labor union themes. They gained so much power that they even came up with their own slogan “100 % Americanism”. They began taking law into their own hands and punished “immorality” and any “un-American” elements ( Levitas and Benedicts). In “The Birth of A Nation” Griffith romanticized the Klan of the Reconstruction era. He made the hooded

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