The ku klux klan was originally organized in the winter of 1865-66 in pulaski, tennessee as a social club by six confederate veterans in the beginning, the klan was a secret fraternity club rather than a terrorist organization. The most prominent of these, the ku klux klan, was formed in pulaski, tennessee, in 1865 originally founded as a social club for former confederate soldiers, the klan evolved into a terrorist organization it would be responsible for thousands of deaths, and would help to weaken the political power of southern blacks and republicans.
The group was known for a short time as the kuklux clan the ku klux klan was one of a number of secret, oath-bound organizations using violence, which included the southern cross in new orleans (1865) and the knights of the white camelia (1867) in louisiana. Contributing to criminal chaos of the 1920s was the sudden rise of the ku klux klan, or kkk in the early 1920s, membership in the kkk quickly escalated to six figures under the leadership of “colonel” william simmons and advertising guru edward young clarke by the middle of the decade, the group boasted several million members.
Directed by dw griffith with lillian gish, mae marsh, henry b walthall, miriam cooper the stoneman family finds its friendship with the camerons affected by the civil war, both fighting in opposite armies the development of the war in their lives plays through to lincoln's assassination and the birth of the ku klux klan. On august 8, 1925, more than 50,000 members of the ku klux klan paraded through washington, dc some walked in lines as wide as 20 abreast, while others created formations of the letter k or a christian cross. The group targeted catholics and jews as well as blacks the universal negro improvement association (unia) recommended that black americans return to africa to obtain the justice unavailable to them in the united states.
Ku klux klan a history of racism and violence compiled by the staff of the klanwatch project of the southern poverty law center.
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