1st Klan: 1865-1870s
2nd Klan: 1915-1944
3rd Klan: since 1946
1. The Ku Klux Klan was created in1865-1866.
It was established during a meeting in Pulaski, Tennessee, by six former well-educated Confederate officers, including the famous Nathan Bedford Forrest, who later became its first leader.
2. The Klan adopted their name from the Greek word kuklos.
The word means, "circle" in Greek.
3. The Klan officially disbanded in 1869.
From 1868-1870, federal troops withdrawn from the South and the Klan was dominated by rougher elements of the society, who didn't believe in the Klan's doctrine but were psychos that found joy in killing innocent people. Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest felt that the Klan was getting corrupt, and officially disbanded it in 1869. Local organizations, known as Klaverns, however, continued to act on their own, calling and considering themselves members of the Klan.
4. The most common method used by the Klan to intimidate was burning crosses.
The concept of the burning cross was to spread the light of Christ into the world of ignorance (more realistically, spread the light of white superiority into the world of "ignorant" blacks). However, when cross burnings didn't stop, civil rights activists, the Klan went on to beatings and public whippings. Lynchings were usually used on blacks. Often, big groups of people would take part in lynching, ranging from teenagers to eighty-year-old hardcore racists. After the lynchings, the mob proudly posed for pictures with the victim still hanging from the tree. Many such pictures were displayed in public places in Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia until the late forties and early fifties. Genital mutilation was basically a thing unheard of in the long list of Klan atrocities.
5. The leader of the KKK was called Grand Wizard of the Empire.
A convention signed in 1867 designated the Klan as an Invisible Empire and provided for a supreme official,...