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Essay submitted by Unknown The Ku Klux Klan KKK is one of Americas oldest and most feared groups Driven by the dream of a world with only one master race the KKK often uses violence and moves above the law to promote their cause They didnt start of violent or to promote white supremacy They have been in the shadows for over 130 years and continue to thrive in Americas society today The Ku Klux Klan began almost accidentally during the reconstruction period after the civil war in the Southern United States The southern people had suffered greatly 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 people needed a release from the sorrow of everyday life In 1865 six men from a small town in Tennessee accidentally began what has grown to be the largest and most feared hate group in the country The men decided to make a club to help release the stress of the times The men were all poor and could not afford to make gowns or great costumes for the group so they decided to use linens They wore the linens over their backs and put pillowcases on their heads They also draped the linens over their horses The Ku Klux Klan was going to ride for the first time In the beginning the men wanted to do nothing more than play pranks on people However the people were more frightened than they were cheered up They soon realized what they could do with these fear tactics The South had turned into a place that was no longer theirs The slaves were now free many of these men were slave owners and carpetbaggers were coming from the North to take advantage of the southern people They saw the opportunity to set back the South to what it had
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