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The Ku Klux Klan is a secret organization that originated in the southern states during the period of Radical Reconstruction following the American Civil War the clan was soon reactivated on a wider geographic basis in the 20th century The original clan was organized in Pulaski Tennessee during the winter of 1865 to 1866 by former Confederate army officers who gave their clan a name adapted from the Greek word kuklos which means circle Although the Ku Klux Klan began as a mischievous social organization its activities soon were directed against the Reconstruction governments and their leaders both blacks and whites The men regarded the Reconstruction governments as hostile and confining They also believed in the innate
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