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The Ku Klux Klan

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Introduction

The Klan first appeared in America. After the War Between the States, in April 1865, there was a troublesome period for the whole population, it was the time of Reconstruction. For instance, the economic chaos and the social confusion became important matters. The changing status of Blacks, as they made the transition from slaves to wage earners, created serious social tensions between them and whites. Indeed, the 13th amendment of the constitution, voted in 1865 gave freedom to every Black. The Klan was initially created on Christmas eve in 1865 in the law office of Judge Thomas Jones, in the little town of Pulaski, in Southern Tennessee, by six young men, all confederate veterans, who concluded to organize a society of some kind. The Klan dedicated itself to keeping Negroes in as subservient a position in Society as they had endured under slavery . ...read more.

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In fact, they support a literal interpretation of the Bible. The Klansmen declare that America is Protestant and want to stay Protestant.. The Ku Klux Klan and Jewish In 1926, the leader of the time explains: The Jews presence disturbs the Klansmen. Jewish people are a complex problem and their talents are large, they give a lot to the country where they live. However, the Jews defend themselves thanks to their communal organization. Obviously, the Ku Klux Klan still defends the principle of white supremacy and he fears the different races' threats. Since the early development of society in the United States, racism has always been an issue faced by communities on a political level. America was built from the immigration of people of various backgrounds. However, many white supremacists blame there personal as well as economic misfortunes on ethnic groups. ...read more.

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White Southerners resorted to violence to preserve the white supremacy they once had. The Klan was originally arranged into secret societies that terrorized local white and black Republican leaders. They also threatened all African Americans who violated the old ideas of black inferiority. Sworn to secrecy, its members wore white robes and masks and adopted the burning cross as their symbol. The Klan members seemed to be most active during election campaigns, when they would either scare people into voting for their candidate or get rid their opponents entirely. They were best recognized for their horrible acts of violence that they called nighttime rides. These attacks included murder, rape, beatings, and warnings and were designed to overcome Republican majorities in the south. Due to the fear of a race war, state officials were unable to suppress the violence. Law enforcement officials were Klan members themselves and even when the law officers were legitimate, Klan members also sat on juries where criminally accused members were often acquitted. ...read more.

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