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The Ku Klux Klan A Deep Scar upon our History In the southern states of the USA the era known as the Reconstruction period created a tension a fear and total hate for the black race among many white people This event was the result of the primitive version of constitutional equality of the African-American race at the end of the Civil War It was in this state of confusion and transition that the terrorist organization the Ku Klux Klan was born Before the end of the civil war May 26th 1865 black men women and children were used as slaves and considered objects of exchange and of monetary value to the white people But between the Yankees triumph of the civil war and 1877 700 000 black voters were registered which was approximate to the new white voters registered in that same period of time Once White America became aware that blacks could not only vote but vote effectively many began to dread the unthinkable that the black man was becoming equal to the white man Many went beyond fear resorting to violence and fascism to cope with their problems Christmas Eve of 1865 in Pulaski Tennessee six men young men began the earliest version of the Ku Klux Klan Some of them had simpler professions such as blacksmithing and farming however some of them were Confederate army officers The group needed a name which was then based on the Greek word kuklos meaning circle The circle was chosen for it symbolizes unity perfection and the progress of humans Being an organization they added clan with a K for show To avoid being recognized and to induce fear they wore sheets as cloaks and made hats out of white sheets as well Clearly from the beginning of its creation the Klan was not an organization centered on defending justice but rather a radical terrorist group based upon warped
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