The second Ku Klux Klan lasted between 1915 to 1944 but predominantly rose and fell during the 1920s. The Ku Klux Klan was a white supremacist group with millions of members who brutally tortured and killed anyone who was not a white American. The Ku Klux Klan were known for their white robes, cone hats, and covered faces that disguised their identities. The second Ku Klux Klan’s most important part of it’s history was it’s dramatic rise and fall. The Ku Klux Klan rapidly gained popularity during the 1920s due to political encouragement and immigration, then fell due to political corruption. The Ku Klux Klan had risen in the 1920s due to political encouragement through the movie, The Birth of a Nation, Prohibition, and political leaders. The Birth of A Nation by David W. Griffith had glorified the Ku Klux Klan. The movie portrays the KKK in such a way as Morrison explains“…The Rebirth of a Nation, in dubious tribune to D.W Griffith’s hugely successful 1915 film. In the film, as in Clansman, the novel on which it is based, the need to protect white women from the sexual threat posed by lusty black bucks serves as the rationale for the rise of the Ku Klux Klan” (Morrison 145). The Klan was portrayed as a heroic force against the unintelligent and sexually aggressive African Americans (General Article: The Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s). Woodrow Wilson was the President at the time this movie was released, and he had
watched this film as the first motion picture film shown in the White House (General Article: The Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s). President Wilson publicly expressed how much he ha...
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...ame harder on Klan members and many dropped out of Klan to try and find a job.
The Ku Klux Klan was a group that emerged from racism, made up of white supremacist government officials and common middle-class citizens. The Klan created a path filled with murders, vandalism, and brutal attacks all for personal desires such as the ridding of a race and immigrants due to the fact that they took white’s jobs and was changing the American way of life. The Ku Klux Klan’s motive to their actions was they believed that they were bettering their country as well as defending themselves as individuals. This motivation is what made the political encouragement and attack on immigration so successful in the rise of the Klan, but it had also ultimately led to their fall from political corruption.
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