Ku Klux Klan

analytical Essay
1427 words
1427 words

Ku Klux Klan The Ku Klux Klan, or "KKK" as we all know today, was created in the spring of 1866. Six Confederate veterans who formed a social club in Pulaski, Tennessee founded it. This version of the "KKK" only lasted for six years, but it left enough tactics and rituals to last a lifetime. These rituals and tactics would be used in following generations of "KKK"-goers. (Ingalls, 9) The Klan, at first, was a very small group and kept everything in secrecy. The exact date the Klan began is ambiguous. Even though the Klan was in to this secrecy bit, the six "KKK" members initiated new members into their social club. (Ingalls, 9) A year after the creation of the Ku Klux Klan, the onetime social club joined the campaign against the Republican reconstruction. The Klan was now planning and organizing their platform and was ready to expand to a larger group. The Klan adopted a prescript. This was an organizational structure permitting the Klan to spread throughout the south. New members had to be over 18 years of age, pay $1.00, and then are sworn to secrecy. Recruits also pledged to "protect the weak, the innocent, and the defenseless, from the indignities, wrongs, and outrages of the lawless, the violent, and the brutal." The highly centralized plan for expanding the "KKK" spread so rapidly that most chapters operated alone. The founders of the Ku Klux Klan lost control, and it became impossible in meetings to talk about a single chapter or operation of the "KKK". Yet Klan activities still followed a common pattern throughout the south. (Ingalls 11-12) The Klan now began their "infestation" into Tennessee. At first the Klan used tricks and tactics to keep blacks "in their place". Klan would ride around on horses, with their ... ... middle of paper ... ... up for blacks, and this concern led to new Klan activity which is still in effect today. Today in the Klan there are approximately 10,000 Klan members. (World Book Encyclopedia J-K, 310) In conclusion, the Klan has formed and diminished many times in the past. If the Klan keeps up their antics, there will always be opponents there to try and stop the Klan. It is a real shame that a social group only made for the purpose to scare freed slaves turned into such a horrible group that will always continue to haunt America. It seems that the Klan will never give up on trying to regain their power. The U.S. must do something about this in our country today. We need to all learn when a simple taunt has gone too far. People have to realize that everyone is equal and it will be that way forever. Nobody can take that away from us. We are Americans and we are all born free.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the ku klux klan, or kkk, was created in the spring of 1866 by six confederate veterans who formed a social club in pulaski, tennessee.
  • Analyzes how the ku klux klan adopted a prescript, which allowed it to spread throughout the south.
  • Describes how the ku klux klan became the greatest terror in 1868, when their attacks were against republicans and elect democrats.
  • Describes how the "knights of the kkk" became the largest and most powerful klan in history.
  • Explains that the kkk presented itself as the "100 percent americanism" slogan, which was popular because it was an alternative to the ever-changing society.
  • Explains that the klan started calling communism the main enemy in 1936, and the "realm" became the biggest "kkk" movement, with 30,000 members.
  • Concludes that the klan has formed and diminished many times in the past. if they keep up their antics, there will always be opponents to try and stop them.
  • Explains how the klan collapsed in 1924, when congress restricted immigration into the u.s.
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