Unintended Motivation

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Unintended Motivation

Forty years ago the world was different people where living in a world surrounded by fear, a fear of White Knights. During the sixties there was a known subversive group, the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan not only made its horrific mark on the people in the sixties, but in history. During this time there were so many groups that formed that were “fighting for their rights” and they were basically fighting against each other for what they all felt they were entitled to. But most groups that formed where not as violent as the rest, while the KKK was among the worst. The Ku Klux Klan did play a significant role in the sixties; it may not have been a positive role but they did take part in the change that this era brought to America. The crimes that were committed by the Klan to other groups and members that were simply fighting for their own rights and show how those crimes helped motivate the Civil Rights movement, which was unintended on the Klan’s part. Although the Ku Klux Klan ironically felt they were entitled to their own rights they would commit acts of violence against innocent individuals and or people and facilities that opposed them.

The Birth of the Klan was in 1866 during the reconstruction period after the Civil War. Six Confederate Veterans in Pulaski, Tennessee founded the Klan. The Klan was assembled purely as a social fraternity, much like a college fraternity minus the college (History Channel). All the men that where involved where college graduates and back then college students learned Greek and Latin, so they picked the Greek word kyklos, meaning “circle” and realizing that something could become for of them with Klan at the end they became the Ku Klux Klan ("Ku Klux Klan," vol. 1).


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