Ku Klux Klan

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Shelby Drews
1-21-12
WH:1 History of the KKK

The Ku Klux Klan was on of our Nations most feared groups. As I look back on the history of the Ku Klux Klan I can’t imagine living in a society of hatred in which friends and family were killed just because of the color of their skin. The KKK established horrifying memories towards the African American race in which they did not merit. After the Civil War ended, the Southern States went through a time period known as the Reconstruction, staring the KKK. Due to the Civil War the social order of the south was chaotic. The Ku Klux Klan, informally known as the KKK, was born in 1865 by a group of Confederate Civil War veterans Calvin E. Jones, John B. Kennedy, Frank O. McCord, John C. Lester, Richard R. Reed, James R. Crowe. The group of Confederate soldiers, angered by the outcome of the war started clan to scare the African Americans. When taken to the extreme these men used ferocity to keep their “enemies” over control. The Ku Klux Klan became a brutal and ruthless force that caused many people to live in fear of them. However, violence was not the intention of the formation of the KKK. The Ku Klux Klan had broken off into many different dens, causing member to act in a hostile manner. In April a Convention was he held to discuss the rules and guidelines for the KKK members. It was at this meeting where General Nathan Bedford Forest became the first grand wizard. Nathan was a Confederate general during the Civil War and was left in charge of all the dens throughout the United States. Soon after his rein, violence struck out over the South. The spread of violence and hatred towards the African Americans were seen as a threat to white southerners. The Klan members acted harshly to protect the white supremacy rule. William J. Simmons founded the second KKK in Atlanta, Georgia in 1915. William intended many projects for the second KKK members in which he designed the infamous hooded uniform and was the first...
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