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The Klansman’S Manual

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  • 1. The Klansman’s Manual A report by: John Bankert
  • 2. Background
    • Mid 1800’s;
      • Klan was in first phase with strong violence towards the “punishment” of blacks and criminals
      • Weakened by counterattacks
    • Revival
      • 1915 William Simmons began a revival.
      • Started with 90, moved to thousands by 1919
        • Dues paid his wages
  • 3. Background, cont
    • Recruitment became encouraged and widespread
    • By the time of the manual, up to 9,000,000 members
  • 4. The KKK
    • The KKK has been notoriously racist and violent.
    • At the time, William Simmons was the Imperial Wizard of the KKK
  • 5. The Manual
    • In the form of a constitution
      • Articles, sections, law and punishment, etc.
    • Different elements
      • Purpose
      • Structure
      • Values
      • Crimes
  • 6. Purpose
    • Patriotic
        • Created a dictatorship to benefit America
    • Brotherhood
      • Creates a supportive mentality (we accept you)
    • Social
      • Again, supportive, and giving the illusion of having a group
    • Racial
      • To further and protect white-supremacy
  • 7. Structure
    • Military
      • Accomplishes dictatorship and a violent mindset
    • Replaces military labels with Klan labels
    • “ Imperial Wizard” (William Simmonds) is the leader
    • States that all members of brotherhood are devoted to the Imperial Wizard
  • 8. Values
    • White supremacy
    • Better humankind
    • Charity
    • Brotherhood among the supreme
    • Protect America and here constitution
    • Loyalty to the Klan
    • Secrecy of the Klan
  • 9. Crime
    • Divided into two sections; major and minor
    • Major
      • Treason
      • Disloyalty
      • Sharing the blood of the inferior
      • Harming the chastity of woman
      • Repeated minor offenses
  • 10. Minor Crimes
    • Drunkenness
    • Profanity
    • Un-Klansmen like conduct
    • Refusal to obey, respond, or surrender credentials
  • 11. Alternative Motive
    • Distract from the ultimate brutality
      • No direct exclamation of violence towards race
    • Prime for this brutality
      • Military
      • Sacrifice for the Klan
      • “ Destroy” any threat
  • 12. Motive, cont
    • Obey
      • Part of the crimes
      • Part of the “Oath of Allegiance”
    • Secrecy
    • Create dictatorship
      • Denounce democracy without reason
      • Promise a better life with the Klan’s dictator government without stating how
  • 13. Overall thoughts and opinions/ How did it make you feel?
    • This manual was very illusive about its motives
    • Appeals to those wanting to belong as well as those who support America (everyone in America)
    • The writers were intelligent be delusional
    • Cult-like