Ku Klux Klan Essay

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Ku Klux Klan

The Ku Klux Klan, or "KKK" as we all know today, was created in the spring of 1866. Six Confederate veterans who formed a social club in Pulaski, Tennessee founded it. This version of the "KKK" only lasted for six years, but it left enough tactics and rituals to last a lifetime. These rituals and tactics would be used in following generations of "KKK"-goers. (Ingalls, 9) The Klan, at first, was a very small group and kept everything in secrecy. The exact date the Klan began is ambiguous. Even though the Klan was in to this secrecy bit, the six "KKK" members initiated new members into their social club. (Ingalls, 9) A year after the creation of the Ku Klux Klan, the onetime social club joined the campaign against the
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Unfortunately, the Klan quickly moved to more violent pranks. (Ingalls, 12) The Klan would now taunt and meddle with blacks. The Klan leaders proved unable to control their followers. It had gotten out of control and the "KKK" had become too large and spread out. Although the violence was often promiscuous, there was a method to all of the madness. The victims were almost always black, or if white, associated with the hatred of the Republican Party. The Klan had fear of black equality and sparked attacks on schools setup for freed slaves. The Klan would warn the blacks not to attend school, and would scare the teachers out of town. (Ingalls, 12-13) Many groups started forming around the south. They were often called Ku Kluxers. The Klan was being noticed as "The Invisible Empire". Klan's of all sorts were being formed left and right yet they all formed just as the Tennessee Klan did. They were the basis and foundation for the whole "fad". The Klan became the greatest terror in 1868, when their attacks were against Republicans and elect Democrats. Thousands of blacks and whites fell victim to the murders and beatings given by the "KKK" members. (Ingalls, 13) In 1869, General Forrest, the Grand Wizard of the "KKK", ordered Klansmen to restrict their activities. The Klan was getting out of control fast. Congress passed a Ku Klux Klan Act in 1871. By the end of 1872, the federal crackdown had "broken the back" of the Ku Klux Klan. Although there was a

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