The Ku Klux Klan

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The Ku Klux Klan
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The Ku Klux Klan is the most well-known terrorist group in America. One day in 1865, six former Confederate soldiers decided to form a group. They named this small group the Ku Klux Klan (KKK Founded). The Greek name “Kuklos” means circle and “Klan” was added (Anonymous 4). It started out as a group of people with the same ideas. This group of six was similar to a college fraternity group. They never expected it to become one of the most most well-known terrorist groups of America. As more people started joining this group, they had to split into smaller "cults" for different regions of the South. These smaller groups thought of different ways of expressing their feelings toward the end of the war. The Ku Klux Klan wanted the South to go back to the way it was. These types of groups are called white supremacy groups (A Brief History). The official Ku Klux Klan uniform was a white robe and a white mask. The mask was tall and pointy and only had holes for eyes. These masks covered the person’s whole face because they wanted to be disguised. Some highly ranked political officers were part of the Ku Klux Klan and they didn’t want there reputation to get ruined because they were supporting white supremacy (Hooded Robes).
The Ku Klux Klan mainly went against blacks, scalawags, and carpetbaggers (A Brief History). Carpetbaggers were the Northerners who moved down to the South in the time of Reconstruction. Scalawags were Southerners who thought the idea of renewing the society was a good thing (Scalawags and Carpetbaggers). The Ku Klux Klan began during the era of Reconstruction. Reconstruction was right after the Civil War. During the Reconstruction period, the country helped the South fix their economy a...

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...g in trouble for being in the Ku Klux Klan. The document saying that the group was violent used a lot of examples and statistics of the harm they have done to innocent people. The second document had a few contradictory points which made it hard to believe which one was true. He says he is not in the Ku Klux Klan, but then later everyone finds out he was and when he says he know nothing about night rides, he tells the lawyer right after that he has heard of them in Georgia. My first argument was definitely more convincing, even aside from my moral values. I think my morals affected my decision heavily. I don’t think that white supremacy should have ever been an idea. I believe that everybody is equal to one another. The Ku Klux Klan was made to express beliefs, but I think it is morally wrong. They were a terrorist group and deserve any punishment they are given.

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