The Kkk And The Klux Klan

1370 WordsDec 1, 20166 Pages
There was a time when the Ku Klux Klan took over the Republican Party and dominated Colorado politics. In the 1920s, from Maine to California, in the cities and in rural communities, large numbers of men and women joined the KKK (Fleming). The KKK was and still are part of the Colorado history, for one could still find the Klan in Colorado, for the KKK ran the state Colorado from1924 to 1932 until it was disempowered by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.. After the election of 1924, the governor Clarence Morley the mayor of Denver, Benjamin Stapleton, and U.S. Senator Rice Means were all Klansmen. Also, the state’s House of Representatives for the most part were ran by the Klan. The KKK marched and burned crosses in small towns throughout the state, from Great Plains through the mountains to the Western Slope. As Denver, Pueblo, Grand Junction, Canon City and other towns and cities surrendered to the Klan, only one major city escaped: Colorado Springs. Six Confederate veterans from Pulaski, Tennessee created the original Ku Klux Klan on December 24, 1865, during the Reconstruction of the South after the Civil War. The KKK stretched into almost every southern state by 1870 and became a mouthpiece for white southern resistance to the Republican Party’s Reconstruction-era policies designed to create political and economic equality for blacks. The members conducted a campaign of intimidation and violence directed at white and black Republican leaders. Though Congress passed legislation
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