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- In the southern states of the USA, the era known as the “Reconstruction” period created a tension , a fear and total hate for the black race among many white people. This event was the result of the primitive version of constitutional equality of the African-American race at the end of the Civil War.
- For my mid term report I decided to write about the history of the Ku Klux Klan, called in many cases KKK for short. When reading over the material we covered I found that I didn t really know that much information about the KKK and also that I didn t know or understand why they were formed or why they are still together today.
- The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is one of America’s oldest and most feared groups. Driven by the dream of a world with only one master race, the KKK often uses violence and moves above the law to promote their cause. They didn’t start of violent, or to promote white supremacy.
- The Ku Klux Klan’s long history of violence grew out of the resentment and hatred many white Southerners felt in the aftermath of the Civil War. Blacks, having won the struggle for freedom from slavery, were now faced with a new struggle against widespread racism and the terrorism brought about by the Ku Klux Klan.
- Klan members, who believed in the superiority of whites, soon began to terrorize blacks to keep them from voting or exercising the other rights they had gained during Reconstruction, the period following the end of the American Civil War in 18 5.
- The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan came into existence at the end of the War Between the States, during the period ?Black Reconstruction.? Nathan Bedford Forest is the man who led the first Klan in 1867. During this period, most white people had lost their right to vote and illiterate blacks, with no history of civilized government, became the mass of the voting population.
- The Civil War was one of the bloodiest wars in American history. Its damage to America was profound. It tore at the very fiber of America itself. The Reconstruction Era however was as damaging to America as the Civil War itself. Its damage has its roots in the reasons America went to civil war.
- The occupation by Union troops in the former Confederate states led to the development of the Ku Klux Klan. During the Reconstruction, the process of rebuilding that followed the Civil War, white supremacy reigned supreme in the Southern states (Trelease xxviii).
- Despite the civil rights amendments being passed over 40 years ago, racism continues to thrive in America. A good example of this is the southern-based organization called the Ku Klux Klan. Immediately following the Civil War, this group came about during the Reconstruction Era.
- The big responsibility of cleansing the United States of people that are different, different being anyone who is not a white Aryan Christian, has been placed upon the Ku Klux Klan. The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) takes it upon themselves to take part in ethnic cleansing.
- The Ku Klux Klan and other intimidators like the Louisiana Knights of the White Camellia, spread rapidly throughout the south as an answer to radical reconstruction. Nathan Bedford Forest formed the Ku-Klux-Klan in Tennessee during 1866. Forest, a former Confederate general and slave trader, was the Ku-Klux-Klan s first Imperial Wizard.
- The History of the Ku Klux KlanThe Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is one of America’s oldest and most feared groups.Driven by the dream of a world with only one master race, the KKK often usesviolence and moves above the law to promote their cause. They didn’t start ofviolent, or to promote white supremacy.
- America isn t a very open minded country in general. They have a “my way or no way” attitude, and it shows in examples like the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan itself was based on ignorance and bigotry. They established the Klan because they were bored, but little did they know how much their small club would impact American history.
- Violence against blacks: The former slaves also suffered from attacks by whites. In 1865 and1866, whites murdered about 5, Southern blacks. During race riots in 1866, white mobs killed 46 blacks in Memphis and 34 in New Orleans. In 1865 or 1866, a secret white organization called the Ku Klux Klan was founded in Tennessee.
- The Klan became an illegal group committed to destroying the Reconstruction governments everywhere from the Carolinas to Arkansas. Wearing robes or sheets and masks with pointed hoods, the Klansmen terrorized public officials in order to drive them from office and blacks in general to stop them from voting.
- The press nicknamed it the Monkey Trial because, people believed that the theory of evolution meant that humans were descended from monkeys. Clarence Darrow was the defense lawyer. Former U.S. secretary of state William Jennings Bryan was the prosecutor.
- Many of these issues test or push the Bill of Rights to the limit. For example, gun control. This is a hot topic that is constantly debated and is also a very arguable issue. The Constitution, specifically the Bill of Rights, states that we, as Americans, have the right to bear arms; however, many bills have been submitted to Congress to limit and or abolish our rights to possess firearms.
- The Civil Rights movement was a period of time when blacks attempted to gain their constitutional rights from which they were being deprived. The movement has occurred from the 1950’s to the present, with programs like Affirmative Action. Many were upset with the way the civil rights movement was being carried out in the 1960’s.
- Kennedy developed a hatred for the Ku Klux Klan and wanted to do all he could to limit the influence of and put a stop to its hate mongering. He wrote a book ?Palmetto Country? in which he blasted the myth that the Klan was formed to ?save the South? from Scalawags, Carpetbaggers and Negroes.
- " but there really isn?t a lot to be learned from that, that we didn?t already know.