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The Ku Klux Klan:

The Ku Klux Klan By: Mitchell Sutton

The Beginning:

The Beginning The Ku Klux Klan was started in 1915 by a small group in Georgia. Headed by William J. Simmons, they quickly became popular. Their goal was to get rid of unions, non-Protestant religions, communists, and non-white races. They would do this by performing acts of terrorism on people they thought were inferior. At the Klan's peak in the mid-1920s, they claimed to have between 4 and 5 million members


Location The Ku Klux Klan tended to be popular in the Midwest and the South. Cities such as Detroit , Memphis, Dayton, Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston had large populations of Klan members. Membership existed in these areas because of the population of blacks after the Great Migration, and the amount of Catholics who had migrated and settled in the region.

The Burning Cross:

The Burning Cross Introduced by William J. Simmons, the burning of a Latin cross was used as a symbol of intimidation. Every time there was a gathering, a cross would be burned to show how powerful the Klan was. The idea of burning a cross came from an old movie that glorified the Klan. Seeing that the first Klan had burned a cross in a fight against reconstruction, Simmons adopted it as being the Klan’s symbol. It has been used ever since

The Klan in American Government:

The Klan in American Government The Ku Klux Klan played a major role in politics during this time. Using bribes and other ways of manipulation, the Klan imposed its will on many politicians. Taking stances on issues such as temperance, labor, and anti-unionism, they forced political officials to make decisions that would benefit the Klan.

The Klan’s Acts of Violence:

The Klan’s Acts of Violence The Ku Klux Klan used violence as its main weapon. Usaully attcking at night, the Klan struck fear into many people. Things such as lynching, burning churches, kidnapping people, torture, and slicing open the belly of a pregnant women were just some of the acts of violence used by the Klan.

Ku Klux Klan Pictures:

Ku Klux Klan Pictures

The Ku Klux Klan Today :

The Ku Klux Klan Today Today, the amount of Klan members is very small. With an estimated population of only 6,000 in 2008, the Klan’s popularity has clearly declined. Most people don’t want to be associated with a hate group that is racially and religiously prejudice.


Referances http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan Google images: klu klux klan