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What Was the Ku Klux Klan?


The Ku Klux Klan is a hate group and began in 1865 or 1866.  A group of Confederate Army veterans in Pulaski, Tennessee, formed a social club. The name Ku Klux Klan is taken from the Greek word kyklos which means circle and the English word clan. Members of this group believed in the superiority of whites, or that white people were better than all other races of people and began terrorizing former slaves to prevent them from enjoying many of the rights provided after the Civil War and during Reconstruction. Klan members wore robes and white hoods to hide their identities and even draped sheets over their horses. They burned crosses to frighten blacks, Jews, and other minorities, and threatened, and even killed people to intimidate, or scare minority groups. The Ku Klux Klan spread rapidly throughout the southern states. Following a Congressional investigation in 1871, the Klan activities slowed down, but they still exist today.

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