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Teddy Brown Political Science Mr Brown April 28 2000 Ku Klux Klan Ku Klux Klan Everyone has probably heard of this southern white oriented racist group that thrived in the earlier half of the century but is still alive today in our country The Ku Klux Klan was formed as a social club by a group of Confederate army veterans in Pulaski Tennessee around 1865 A Confederate general by the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest was that Klans first leader He took the title of Grand Wizard The group adopted their name Ku Klux Klan from the Greek word kuklos meaning circle and the English word clan What the Ku Klux Klan stood for The Klan stood for superiority of the white race This was the philosophy of the Klan and they would often exercise this philosophy with the use of and ization of blacks The Klan detested the idea of blacks gaining any rights following the Civil War into the Reconstruction They again ized blacks to prevent them from voting in elections or practicing any other right Black and white people who sympathized the Klan were threatened beaten and even ed by Klan members of the south This led to the Klan adopting the symbolic white robe and hood to mask their identity The Klan was then given the name Invisible Empire and from here on it grew and spread rapidly amongst the south Soon after the Force Bill passed by Congress in 1871 gave the President authority to use Federal troops against the Klan if deemed necessary This all but led to the disappearance of the Klan A former Methodist preacher by the name of William J Simmons organized a new Klan in Stone Mountain Georgia in 1915 as a patriotic Protestant fraternal society This new Klan now directed its activity against any group considered
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