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Who were the KKK and what did they do?

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´╗┐Ku Klux Klan Why was it so popular? Aims and Ideology? Semi- religious event (tried to intimidate and scare blacks) Associated with Christianity Burning cross as a symbol as white power intimidation WASPs who were against: Communists African-Americans particularly in the south Jews and Catholics Criminals All non-WASP immigrants What did they do? How did they get away with it? Intimidation couldn?t vote support of the political structure Estimated 3,446 Blacks were lynched in the South between 1882-1968 Bibb Graves- elected governor for Alabama in 1926 Won governorship with the KKK support The KKK didn?t like: non-white immigrants, Jews, Coon (black people). ...read more.


off: not scared of being arrested Timeline 1860s-1870s: post Civil War- as a southern reaction to the abolition of slavery 1915: KKK was revived by William J. Simmons 1920: KKK claimed around 5 million members Focused on the USA as a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) country. 1950s-1960s: A reaction to the civil rights movement Ku Klux Klan (KKK) or the "the Klan" is the extremist right wing secret society in the US that opposes black emancipation, asserts white supremacy, and democratic rule through terrorism and violence. The Ku Klux Klan has experienced many rises and falls, many victories and defeats throughout their history. ...read more.


Most agree that the increase in immigrants was the root of the cause. Another would be the post-war era that was settling in America and that Americans were beginning to pick up after World War I. The average KKK member was a working class Anglo Saxon American. During the 1920s the members of the KKK believed they had to compete for jobs in the United States with immigrants. Immigrants weren?t always the sole focus of the Klan. Other people specifically targeted were: African Americans, Jews, Catholics, anti-prohibitionists, drug dealers, and other less known groups. As you can see the KKK did not limit themselves to just one group to discriminate against.. ...read more.

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