The ku klux klan is a native-born american racist terrorist organization that helped overthrow republican reconstruction governments in the south after the civil war and drive black people out of politics. The ku klux klan was one of a number of secret, oath-bound organizations using violence, which included the southern cross in new orleans (1865). Ku klux klan  act (1871) julie davies the enforcement act (17 stat 13), commonly known as the ku klux klan  act or the civil rights act of 1871 , was a response to extraordinary civil unrest during the reconstruction  period. In this violent atmosphere, the ku klux klan grew in size and strength by 1868, the klan had evolved into a hooded terrorist organization that its members called the invisible empire of the south. Ku klux klan, fbi michèle st-amant is a research assistant at the program on extremism at george washington university's center for cyber & homeland security and is currently pursuing an ma in political science at george mason university.
The original ku klux klan was organized by ex-confederate elements to oppose the reconstruction policies of the radical republican congress and to maintain white supremacy after the civil war, when local government in the south was weak or nonexistent and there were fears of black outrages and. A graphic portrayal of the background of the ku klux klan, its battle with the law, and the current reasons why hate groups cannot be ignored presents the history of the klan, identifies the victims of its violence, and the responses of those in opposition to klan activity. In this research paper, the focus will be on the activities of ku klux klan, their fall and their revival immediately after the world war ii in 1945, those members of the ku klux klan who had been victims during the war began avenging their bitterness.
Ku klux klan: a history naturally, today we are convinced -- and rightfully so -- that the ku klux klan's politics and desires and goals are inherently evil they are not in sync with the times, at the very least, and at the very most, they are a representation of all that is negative in racial relations. David cunningham became interested in the ku klux klan while conducting research for his dissertation at the university of north carolina he originally focused on how the fbi dealt with the civil rights movement, but his research led to a surprising discovery: north carolina, which has a reputation as the most progressive southern state, also had the highest percentage of klan members in the. The ku klux klan reached its heyday in the mid-1920s, claiming millions of members in this paper, we analyze the 1920s klan, those who joined it, and the social and political impact that it had we utilize a wide range of newly discovered data sources including information from klan membership.
Essay the ku klux klan, better known as the kkk, was started in tennessee in 1866 the people who believed in white pride came together against the advancement of african americans, jews, and other minorities. Bayfield, co ku klux klan records 2002 the staff of the center of southwest studies agreed to open box 2 to research, which contains bayfield ku klux klan records. The ku klux klan is a terrible racist group that has been discriminating against african americans, jews, homosexuals, and immigrants for more than 100 years these are the ku klux klan uniforms they are made to look like ghosts to terrorize african americans and people of other races. William stetson kennedy (october 5, 1916 - august 27, 2011) was an american author, folklorist, and human rights activistone of the pioneer folklore collectors during the first half of the 20th century, he is remembered for having infiltrated the ku klux klan in the 1940s, exposing its secrets to authorities and the outside world.
Approval of a group calling itself the ku klux klan raised not a ripple of concern on campus, he said yet there is evidence of broad familiarity with klan imagery from the earliest days of the honorary society. A detailed account of the history of the ku klux klan the first branch of the kkk was established in pulaski, tennessee, in may, 1866 a year later a general organization of local klans was established in nashville in april, 1867. The ku klux klan's failure to defeat the black civil rights moment is well documented, but the group's lesser-known legacy may be its lasting impact on the us political system, according to a paper published in the december issue of the american sociological review david cunningham, professor. Tkam historical research uploaded by api-355906173 save tkam historical research for later the ku klux klan: its history and methods of instilling fear a. Additional newspaper articles on both the ku klux klan and dc stephenson may be found in the indianapolis newspaper index (1898-1978) card file index, which is located in the microforms area on the second floor of the indiana state library.
Ku klux klan parade, september 13, 1926 with teaching and research interests in the intersection of prejudice, politics, and popular culture and popular. Ku klux klan the ku klux klan (kkk) is a white supremacist organization that was founded in 1866 throughout its notorious history, factions of the secret fraternal organization have used acts of terrorism—including murder, lynching, arson, rape, and bombing—to oppose the granting of civil rights to african americans. The ku klux klan was founded by six veteran soldiers of the confederacy after the loss and the abolishment of slavery with the thirteenth amendment of the us constitution their priorities and motives were about overthrowing the republicans who ended white supremacy and maintaining it once again (mcveigh, r 2009. Browse ku klux klan news, research and analysis from the conversation.
Guide to the study of the ku klux klan in 20th century america. The ku klux klan was organized after the civil war by a small group of men aiming to form a brotherhood during the time of reconstruction in the 1860s footer information and navigation let's stay. The ku klux klan is an organization that promotes views such as white supremacy, white nativism, and anti-immigration and expresses them through terrorism and violence the klan's history consists of three distinct periods.
The name ku-klux-klan was derived from the greek word kyklos, circle principal organization for underground resistance to radical reconstruction after the civil war (they wanted to fight against the civil rights movement that freed the slaves after the american civil war. In 1865, the ku klux klan was founded as a social club for confederate veterans of the civil war who felt disempowered once the union regained control of the south 1 at first, the klan was a rowdy bunch of. The ku klux klan began as a secret terrorist organization in the south after the civil war founded in 1866, the klan was initially almost exclusively southern and rural in its membership and its violent activities, which aimed at terrorizing the black population and resisting distribution of political power to the ex-slaves as part of congress.