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Terrorism In the last half century terrorism has been a problem facing the global community From religious fundamentalists to anti-government activists as more peoples views come in conflict with each other more infamous acts are sure to occur If nothing is done soon to dampen the effects of terrorism panic could cause a catastrophic global recession The word terrorism was first used in 1789 during the French Revolution during a time period know as The reign of Terror A group of French revolutionaries had sized power by unrestricted use of the guillotine a device invented by Doctor Joseph Ignace Guillotine for severing human heads in public executions The guillotine nicknamed the national razor played a major role in the French Revolution It not only served as the instrument of death during the radical phase but its vision and reputation helped provide the revolution with one of its images that of terror Now-a-days terrorism can simply be described as the fight of the underdog a harsh and in most cases immoral way to prove a point physically and politically when all other options have failed According to Mark Juergensmeyer The first religious based terrorism group in the United States was the Klu Klux Klan otherwise known as the KKK The Klan thrived after the Civil War in the late 1860s They were devoted to keeping newly freed African Americans out of the voting booths and working in the cotton fields for little or no wages The Klans terror escalated into violence and assaulted but after laws passed by the Senate and Congress the KKK slowly started to disappear After World War I the Klan again immerged to strongly protest womens rights In the wake of the civil right movements in the late 50s and on through the 60s The Klan quickly rose again to keep African Americans and other minorities as uneducated second class citizens They again promoted and used terror and violence to keep
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