‘The Ku Klux Klan prevented African Americans from gaining civil rights in the years
1960 to 1964.’ Explain why you agree or disagree with this view. (24)
The “Ku Klux Klan” were an Anglo-Saxon based cult who believed solely on white supremacy. The movement was first formed in the 1860’s in order to protect white rights; they mainly formed in the very deep southern states of America. Since starting the “KKK” has gone through phases of popularity followed by essentially fading in number. However in 1915 the “KKK” was reestablished with great force, now standing for what they described as Americanism, Christianity and Morality. After this The “KKK” continued to grow in number up until the late 1960’s, boasting numbers between two and five million members including some important political influence.
The “KKK” mostly used there aggressive manner and force they brought upon the black people. This intimidation stopped the black people from living near white communities and also made sure they would not complain or try to use their rights. This was so affective because the black people were so afraid or murder and torture they did not complain or protest for civil rights, therefore keeping this problem from the rest of America and the world. The “KKK” were ruthless in the south at this time as they preformed murders and destroyed black communities in order to install such fear that the blacks would keep quiet. Most black people felt so intimidated they couldn’t even vote because of the almost inevitability that the “KKK” would find out which would result in murders and firebombing of households.