The Ku Klux Klan

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Cries ring out in the dead of night from the black people of the southern states in Tennessee, as mysterious figures in white robes with hoods ride on their horses. To most they were thought of as the Confederate soldier’s ghosts riding and terrorizing the blacks. People wanted to know who these mysterious riders are and why they are terrorizing the black people of the south. Since they were wearing all white robes they could not tell their identity leading to more confusion. They became known as the Invisible Empire due to the fact that there were hundreds of them but nobody knew who they really were. Later in the Invisible Empires history we find out that these mysterious ghost riders are a part of the Ku Klux Klan. The Ku Klux Klan was an organization meant to preserve the southern way of life. They use forms of intimidation to scare the black people such as riding through the night on horses. It was first started as something for ex-confederate soldiers to do since they were not fighting the war anymore but soon these small threats and intimidation turned into a violent hate group. Through the Ku Klux Klan’s history we see its practices and beliefs evolve from a fun, social organization to a worldwide feared hate group.

This Invisible Empire caused some major damage in the South. Their practices may seem frightening to some people. The purpose of these practices was to maintain its role as community moral authority and to reinforce the Jim-Crow laws (Source 6). They used forms of intimidation such as cross-burning where they would drive a giant cross into the ground where their targets could see it. The Klan also would bomb synagogues as another form of intimidation (Source 2). The Klan would also openly engage in rallies p...

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