Ku Klux Klan

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Ku Klux Klan By: Amber ***& Becky *** Originally founded at the end of the Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan was a racist group that uses violence and intimidation in order to reassert white domination in the US. The klan's attacks have been directed towards blacks, Jews, Catholics, immigrants and other minority groups.

The Ku Klux Klan was born on Christmas Eve, 1865, when six confederate soldiers met in Pulaski, Tennessee. General Nathan Bedford Forrest was the original founder, but he left the klan in 1869. The Ku Klux Klan derived its name from the Greek word "Kuklos" (circle or family circle). The members were known to wear white sheets with their faces covered with white masks. They would also have skulls at their saddle horns. The skulls also represented the spirits of the confederate dead returning from the battlefields. They would even dress up their horses. For example, they would completely cover the horse with white robes.

Then after they were all dressed up they would have their midnight rides and terrorize black families by raiding their homes in the middle of the night. This group of people was not that pleasant because they would also commit other dreadful acts of hate. For instance, they would also burn crosses, beat blacks or others they did not "approve" of, make death threats, and even sometimes even murder. All of these crimes soon got them in trouble with legal issues so the klan population dropped for a couple of years. Then raised again a couple of years later. There were numerous names for these kinds of people, such as, the Men of Justice, Pale Faces, and White Brotherhood. The best-known name all around was "Ku Klux Klan." Membership in the klan has risen and fallen during its 130-year history.