The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) Essay

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The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) The Ku Klux Klan is one of America’s oldest and most feared groups. Motivated by the dream of a world with only one race, the KKK uses violence and moves above the law to support their cause. They have been in the shadows for over 130 years and continue to succeed in America’s society today. The Ku Klux Klan began almost by accident during the rebuilding process after the civil war in the Southern United States. The southern people had suffered allot from the effects of the great war. Many of them lost their homes and plantations, many also lost friends and loved ones to the war. In 1865, six men from a small town in Tennessee accidentally began what has grown to be the largest and most feared…show more content…
The Klan quickly grew. A leader was soon needed to control the large group. Their first choice was Southern General Robert E. Lee. Although he supported the group and its cause, he was very ill and could not handle the task. Their next choice was a man named Nathan Bedford Forrest. He was quickly accepted as the "Grand Wizard". He had absolute power over the Klan members. The men were eager to do what he said, they trusted him. Many of the men were in need of a sense of belonging and the KKK gave them this. The Klan was very secretive, all of the members were safe from people knowing their real identities. Because of this secrecy, they gained the alternate name of, "The Invisible Empire". The Klan really began to take control in the year of 1868. They promised to rid the south of anyone who didn’t support them. They stole the peoples goods, beat them and even killed them. These murders were known as "lynching". They would drag the person to the center of the town and hang them in front of everyone. This was very effective, people feared it would happen to themselves if they had anything to do with the blacks. After the U.S. government removed troops from the South in the late 1800’s, the Klan achieved its goal. Many of the groups moved on and Forrest left the Klan. Once the 1900’s came around, it started again. This time the goal was much larger, they wanted to rid America of all non white, Christian Americans. The
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