The Rise and Fall of the Ku Klux Klan

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The Rise and Fall of the Ku Klux Klan "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" - Thomas Jefferson (Cultural Racism 1) This excerpt from the Declaration of independence specifically stated that all men are created equal, but that is contradiction to the governments decisions. The Ku Klux Klan founded in 1865 by William Nathan Bedford a former confederate general, began a campaign of terror against free blacks and their white supporters. The KKK had a wide array of uneducated people because their main incentive was to recruit young, homeless, and mindless…show more content…
Many of the Northern Whites traveled southward to steer the Blacks toward the Whites way of thinking. The KKK was outraged by the legalization of voting for Blacks so they often stood outside voting booths and threatened Blacks if they entered they would be beaten (D'Angelo 31). In the 1920s when the Draft for World War 1 was going on the KKK thought that it was up to them to hunt down all the draft dodgers and break up strikes. But the government did not back them up in the 1920s so what they were doing was not quite legal, the government was not going to step in though because they were on the Klan's side to begin with. The Klan begins to start to do things illegally, like burning crosses, beatings, and lynchings. Even though those things happened before the Government made laws making those things illegal. Black people continued to struggle for their rights as citizens of the United States of America. The KKK began a campaign of terror against free Blacks and their white supporters, over a long period of time the KKK finally defeated the Blacks rights. All this time the government was behind the KKK, what they were doing and the way they were doing it (Student Handbook 490). The idea of having public officials in office is an unnatural feeling, and it is still happening today. You don't hear of many racist people in office but as a politician David Duke is in office despite his racial views. "As a

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