The history of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan, often abbreviated KKK and informally known as The Klan, is the name of three distinct past and present organizations in the United States.
The KKK was founded in Pulaski, Tennessee, in 1865 as a social club for veteran soldiers. However, it very quickly changed into a force of terror, as insurgents tried to reassert white supremacy.
They rode and attacked usually at night, intimidating blacks with physical attacks, murders and the destruction of their houses and property. White schoolteachers and Republicans were also attacked.
The KKK became powerful during early Reconstruction in the 1860s as hatred for African-Americans increased. By 1868, ...view middle of the document...
The KKK peaked in the the second movement with over 5 million members and then decreased to about 30,000 during the 1930’s, fading away by the 40’s
The third movement began after World War II.
The Klan focused on suppressing black voting. Klan violence worked to suppress black voting. More than 2,000 persons were killed, wounded and otherwise injured in Louisiana within a few weeks prior to the Presidential election of November 1868. Although St. Landry Parish had a registered Republican majority of 1,071, after the murders, no Republicans voted in the fall elections.
After the U.S. government was purified, Forrest (the leader of the KKK) ordered the Klan to disband in 1869.
The Klu Klux Klan in the present-day.
The KKK went from a peak membership of 6 million to as of 2008, only 6,000.
It is not one organization, but rather small independent chapters across the U.S.
Recently, these chapters have been focusing on issues such as urban crime, same-sex marriage, and illegal immigration.
Union Army veterans in mountainous Blount County,...