The Ku Klux Klan began in Pulaski, Tennessee, a small town south of Nashville. On the night of December 24, 1865 six ex-confederate soldiers were sitting around a fireplace it the law office of Judge Thomas M. Jones.(Invisible Empire, p.9) These six friends were having a discussion and were trying to come up with an idea to cheer themselves up.
While selling housing contracts to poor black homeowners was extremely profitable for lenders, it was also an unethical and economically devastating practice. Beryl Satter says “It was like people who like to go out and shoot lions in Africa. It was like same thrill” (gtd. in Coates). Lenders became rich by thrilling and making blacks struggle in an unethical world. Cosates says a man called Lou Fushanis owned more than 600 properties and his estate that worth about $3 million. These were all made by killing blacks, because “The kill was profitable” (Coates).
In chapter 2 of Freakonomics the main argument is that the hoarding of information can be manipulated for personal use. While the chapter includes many examples of this tactic, the majority of it focuses on the history of the KKK and Stetson Kennedy’s efforts to stop it through the reveal of their secrets via radio. The authors explain how the Klan was far less violent than generally thought and relied almost entirely on the reputation of the older more violent Klansmen. Kennedy realized the only way to alter their appearance to the ignorant and fearful public was to make their secrets known. Kennedy understood the power of information and how exposing the Klan’s information would empower the public. In doing so, he severely handicapped the Klan almost to the point of it’s extinction.
The Ku Klux Klan is a United states based white supremacy group. It was originally conceived in the Reconstruction Era (1867) by former confederates. After being disbanded for their numerous murders, the group was revived decades later in the 20’s. The KKK would go on to be disbanded and revived one last major time in the 50’s-60’s. These major periods of historic Klan activity will be addressed in waves based on time period; first, second and third, respectively.
In the South, during the period 1880 to 1940, there was deep-seated and all-pervading hatred and fear of the Negro. There was an annual average of sixty-two lynchings for the years 1910 to 1919. However, beginning in 1923 lynchings bega...
The human mind interprets thought in a manner unique to their species. Each thought is expressed as an emotion, whether it be jubilation, sadness, anger or hate. The latter of these emotions is what I believe to be the strongest feeling that the human being can experience. In the face of hatred each individual reacts in their own peerless fashion. Some run in fear, while many speak out against such injustice; yet others react in a much different way—they embrace the hate. A prime example of a group of individuals that thrived in such an environment would be the second movement of the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan, reestablished in 1915, was not originally the potent force that they came to be in the middle part of the 1920’s. During the first five years of existence, the Klan only increased by four thousand; but during the next eight years nearly ten million men and women joined the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan. What events transpired that caused such a dramatic increase in Klan membership in such a limited time span? Leading Klan theorists of the 1920’s often pondered this question and it is my intention to examine their findings. Three prominent causes seemed to be found in these findings: the post-war feelings of many Americans, the natural aversion to anything foreign, and the various propaganda spread about and by the Klan.
The main interest and objective of these actors were to prevent racial diversity in their neighborhood. Most of their motives were driven by the fact that racial minorities are harmful to the environment of the suburbia. William Levitt “made it an unofficial policy not to sell homes to minorities” (Hales) Ultimately, the goal of the suburbia was to keep the housing cost high and the neighborhoods safe. Sadly, the agents listed above mistakenly realized that racial minorities were the problem to these ...
According to Charles C. Alexander, the mention of the words Ku Klux Klan, “most people, including many historians, immediately conceive of a band of sadistic Southerners in white robes and hoods intimidating hapless Negroes” (Alexander, v). The negative stereotypes used against the Ku Klux Klan in America have become the literal definition of the faction as a whole. The stereotypes that have been placed on the group are not entirely true. While most of the stereotypes are based on fact, there are very few that actually describe the Klan fully. While most do not agree with the actions of the Klan, there are some that would be surprised at the true facts behind the matter. Even though negative actions are usually what are focused on, that does not mean the entire group necessarily believed in those actions. The stereotypes placed onto anything, whether that be a person or a group of people, whether positive or negative should never be how they should be identified. By searching deeper into the topic, this would eliminate the stereotypical, and result in a more factual definition.
Although the KKK had reemerged in the South in 1915, it wasn’t until after the end of World War I that the organization experienced a national resurgence. Membership in the KKK skyrocketed from a few thousand to over 100,000 in a mere ten months.^2
A modern-day monster takes shape in the form of the Ku Klux Klan due to the interacial and international fear they incite. Founded in 1865, the Klan began as a movement against economic equality for everyone. Their approach to white supremacy was emphasized in their violent attacks and bombings throughout the nation. In 1915, the Klan was revitalized and took a stance not only against African Americans, but now Roman Catholics, Jews, and Immigrants. This stance against several personal freedoms demonstrates their insular views on the world. The Klan opposes anyone who differs from their specific beliefs; not only do they carry a specific mindset, but they work towards this mindset in a violent manner using intimidation. “KKK members wore elaborate
Despite the civil rights amendments being passed over 40 years ago, racism continues to thrive in America. A good example of this is the southern-based organization called the Ku Klux Klan. Immediately following the Civil War, this group came about during the Reconstruction Era. Because of the ratification of the 13th amendment, ending slavery in the south, the KKK emerged with a cause that has yet to be put to rest…the rise of white power.
Others are using the KKK as popularity. They are beginning to be a widespread bad name with current events effecting the purpose of their organization, by showing extreme violence in the public. They are finding ways to hack into databases (Kaufman). With the violent acts that are currently spiraling, there is also
The Ku Klux Klan The Ku Klux Klan, better known as the KKK, was started in Tennessee in 1866. The people who believed in "White Pride" came together against the advancement of African Americans, Jews, and other minorities. The KKK members were very violent and used harsh actions to get their point across, but their actions were supported by their strong belief in their religion and the culture in which they were brought up in. The Klan did as it believed, they did what they thought was right and for their time period they were just acting in the way their culture brought them up to act.
As it was started in 1865, the Ku Klux Klan has sent a sense of terror through people’s minds. A group of six white Southerners was the start of this organization. The history of violence of the K.K.K. is a result of the hatred and anger from the end of the Civil War. The reason for this hatred was because blacks had won their struggle for freedom of slavery. They fought to deny the civil rights for African Americans. They wanted the blacks to be forced into slavery once again. The K.K.K. tore apart reconstructing governments and established a reign of terror and violence throughout the whole war-torn South. The first era of the K.K.K. lasted about three or four years, than faded. The arose again after World War 1. The overall story starts with many generations of Americans learning hard lessons of life. These experiences led to fierce individualism, surprising inventiveness, and the thought that they could be whatever and go wherever they wanted to. Other things occurred along with these thoughts. "Frontier Justice" was an instant, private and violent method of settling differences without law officials. This was a large component to the motivation of the Ku Klux Klan.