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Expository Essay about History of The Ku Klux Klan.

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Joshua Gendron Expository Essay about History The Ku Klux Klan The Civil war left bitterness in the hearts and minds of many southern people. Prejudice, racism and hatred boiled. Six men from a small town in Tennessee in 1865 had a dream. That dream was to have only one master race. From that dream The Ku Klux Klan, or the KKK for short, was born. Feeding on the hate and destruction of the world, the KKK grew strong. The Ku Klux Klan is one of America's oldest and most feared groups. The name comes from the Greek word kuklos, meaning circle, because in it contained some of the unique characteristics of the White (or Aryan) race, they chose to adopt this name. Klan members dressed in hooded robes and rode on hooded horses. The KKK, which was formed in the south, began accidentally because of the effects of the Civil War. At first, the group of six men only wanted to play pranks on people. ...read more.

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In the 1890's a movement tried to build a coalition of blacks and poor whites against the mill owners, large landholders and the elite of the old south. The answer to this was the old cry of white supremacy combined with the manipulation of black votes, and the movement was substantially turned back in every deep south state except Georgia and North Carolina. The result was a feeling across the South shared by both rich and many poor whites that blacks had to be frozen out of their society. Thus the 1890's marked the beginning of the Deep South's most violent attempts to keep blacks politically, socially and economically powerless. Most segregation laws date from that period. It was also the beginning of a series of lynchings of blacks by white mobs. In the early 1900's the U.S. Government removed its troops from the south, and the Klan achieved its goal of ridding the cities and towns of Carpetbaggers. ...read more.

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For the past 130 years, the KKK has had many rebirths and falls. In the end, the KKK is a problem that won't go away for long. As we have seen, the KKK will be active for a period and then disappear. As long as there is differences between people in this world, there will always be hate. They are "The Invisible Empire" and will always be hiding in the dark side of the world. The Ku Klux Klan was created and driven by a dream, a dream fueled by hate. Hate breeds more hate, hate breeds violence. Best said by Dr. Martin L. King Jr., in his I Have a Dream speech, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction...The chain reaction of evil; hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars, must be broken... Or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation." ...read more.

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