Ku Klux Klan

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Ku Klux Klan

Who it affected...White protestant Americans were apart of the Ku Klux Klans. Primarily they were men of the South, but overtime men from other parts of the country, as well as women, began to follow the beliefs of the KKK. These people were very secretive as they targeted individuals who were not white Protestants. When the KKK was first established, African Americans were the target, but in the 1910s and 1920s foreigners, Jews, and Catholics became targets as well. Once the KKK was restarted in the 1950s Lyndon B. Johnson and other government officials had to become involved in order to put an end to the violence being created against African Americans, as well as whites who supported them. White Republicans were also assaulted and killed by the KKK during these periods of time.

Ku Klux Klan

How it was done...White men from different ranks held secret meetings during the night. They disguise themselves in white robes and white pointed hoods with two holes cut out for their eyes. They went on nighttime raids to keep blacks “in their place”; through terror and violence. Not all members were violent, but the violent members would whip, lynch, and shoot those they considered a target. At night marches and parades would be held along with cross burnings as a symbol of the KKK. They would also destroy property, and oppose civil rights by killing civil rights activists. The Ku Klux Klan also did what they could to make sure elections turned out the way they wanted by threatening voters, and preventing blacks from voting.

How did it evolve? he late 1860's in the year following the Civil War where they terrorized African Americans to stop them taking part in political processes, this is where their infamous hats and white costumes were introduced This second Klan peaked in the 1920s, when its membership exceeded 4,000,000 nationally, and profits rolled in from the sale of its memberships, regalia, costumes, publications, and ritualshere

how did it start and who it had an impact on?Though Democratic leaders would later attribute Ku Klux Klan violence to poorer southern whites, the organization’s membership crossed class lines, from small farmers and laborers to planters, lawyers, merchants, physicians and ministers

Where it started?The Ku Klux Klan started in Pulaski, Tennessee. Starting from one location, this violent group started to expand throughout the south. Many states included Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and etc.

Experience of people who were impacted...Even for the KKK's hatred was for jews, they had one target in mind.. the black. Many black population churches were burned down. They were lynched and sometimes also castrated. If whites had any form of communication with the blacks, their life would also be in danger.

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(Britannica, American History, Daniels, Matthews)

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