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How did the Views and Arguments put forward by the Supporters and Opponents of the Ku Klux Klan differ?

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Giselle Wainwright Candidate No. 7216 How did the Views and Arguments put forward by the Supporters and Opponents of the Ku Klux Klan differ? The Ku Klux Klan began in June 1866. They started when six soldiers (back from the civil war) gathered in a law office in Tennessee and decided to invent the group. It started as just a social gathering, a club, with the name Ku Klux Klan coming from the word Kuklos which means a tight circle that no one can penetrate. When the club began their first leader was Nathan Forrest. The Klan were against immigrants, criminals, divorce, drunks and many more. Their main aim was for the maintenance of white supremacy throughout America. They also had high morals and quotes used in 'The Fiery Cross' (a newspaper produced by the KKK) said things like; "We stand for Unified Protestantism, Intensified Americanism and Organised Patriotism." And " We want to bring America back to the Americans!" To become a member of the Ku Klux Klan you had to be a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP). You had to be patriotic to America and you had to obey the rules and requirements put down by the Kloran. ...read more.


They thought that the immigrants were people who should stop living off America and go back to their own country. They claimed that the immigrants took their jobs and crowded their schools. The KKK also believed that American taxes would go up because the American people had to support all these immigrants. This was true though as many of the immigrants who joined America were unemployed and took benefits from the taxes that working Americans paid. Some immigrants who came from Russia were feared because the belief was that they would bring communism to America. The Klan believed that you also couldn't be Patriotic to America if you were not a 'true American'. Basically the Klan didn't want to share the wealth of the nation that that they had worked hard for. The KKK's arguments though, were not always justified. Firstly when the Klan said ' they wanted to Keep America for the Americans' they were wrong. The 'Americans' were not the Klan or anyone else except for the native born red Indians, as I said before. It was true though those immigrants did take some jobs, but the jobs they did take were usually of the worst type and were the worst paid. ...read more.


They also always carried their Kluxers Knifty Knife which was their weapon for killing. Some Examples of what they did were things like this: "A lad whipped with branches until his back was ribboned flesh; a Negress beaten and left helpless to contract pneumonia from exposure and die; a naturalised foreigner flogged until his back was a pulp because he married an American woman; a white girl divorcee beaten into unconsciousness in her own home; a Negro lashed until he sold a white man his land for a fraction of its value." As you can see it was horrific and many people were murdered. The bible said 'Do not commit murder'. They were again contradicting the rules they had laid down at the beginning. They were corrupt from the start. Overall the Ku Klux Klan was a moneymaking scam. Stevenson and the other leaders made millions from the money for membership and robes, even though they claimed that it was a non-profit organisation. Stevenson said that he had 'some coal business' but this was proven to be fake. His wages were coming from the pockets of people who signed up to the Klan. The Klan was an evil, bigoted but mostly hypocritical and racist group who enjoyed killing people because of their prejudice and selfishness. ...read more.

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