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The Klu Klux Klan is the most influential white supremacists group in the US and has existed for almost 150 years Abbreviated to KKK the Klu Klux Klan was established right after the end of the Civil War By April 1867 it had already spread down to Nashville Most of the leaders were leaders of the Confederate Army The KKKs purpose was to keep segregation legal and to keep whites from mixing with black people They claimed that they wanted to restore White America Their targets were not only black people but also immigrants Jews Catholics and even whites who supported the black movement Although many people mistakenly think that their sole purpose was to eliminate all other races that were not white they also wanted to keep the races separated Their crimes were mostly against the white sympathizers and interracial couples Domnguez Throughout the years they have remained predominantly in the southern parts of the United States There they were known as the Invisible Empire of the South The Klu Klux Klan was first originated in Pulaski Tennessee in May 1866 by 6 Confederate officers The first Grand Wizard of the KKK was Nathan Forest He was a well-known general during the Civil War and a freemason When the actions of the group began to get too violent he ordered them to disband in 1869 These actions included random beatings lynching and sabotage Between 1868 and 1870 the Ku Klux Klan played an important role in restoring white rule in North Carolina Tennessee and Georgia Simkins Just after the film The rebirth of a Nation where Klansmen were romantically portrayed as heroes who had preserved the moral fiber and character of Americathis time another Mason WJ Simmons was the architect By the mid-1920s they controlled some states such as Indiana from the courthouse to the statehouse Almost all of the top officials of the revived Klan were also Masons with a total
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