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REPUBLICANS UNFAVORABLE ACTS CAUSED THE RISE OF THE KU KLUX KLAN The years after the civil war were frustrating times for the Americans New laws and rules were posted for which to abide by and due to the outcome of the civil war the people from the south had now to accept the new slavery laws issued by the political parties and congress This created turmoil amongst both northerners who mostly were against slavery and southerners This was also true for both political parties that consisted of the Republicans and the Democratics Again the issue was always on the rights of blacks The battles with certain individuals who felt it their duty to stand up for their idea of what the American way was In 1866 just a year after the civil war six confederate veterans formed a social club in the small town of Pulaski Tennessee These men were set out to perpetuate white supremacy through out the south The social club became official The members came up with the name of Ku Klux Klan It was a name taken from the Greek word Kuklos which means circle They came up with rituals copied from college fraternities They also assigned positions to special members They were composed of the Grand Cyclop The President the Grand Magi the vice- president and the Grand Exchequer the treasurer The Klansmen adopt a uniform The uniforms were white long robes White masks And high pointed hats Ingalls Hoods 3 Adopted during 1866-67 the Republican partys Reconstruction program threatened to turn southern society upside down The promise of equal rights for blacks flew in the face of the widely held opinion of the white Southerners that the black race was innately inferior This deep-seated racist belief had served to justify slavery and it remained a major obstacle to uplifting blacks after
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