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Ku Klux Klan

  1. 1. Ku Klux Klan
  2. 3. <ul><li>The Ku Klux Klan was formed as a social club by a group of Confederate Army veterans in Tennessee in 1865 </li></ul><ul><li>The group adopted the name Ku Klux Klan from the Greek word &quot;kyklos,&quot; meaning circle, and the English word clan. </li></ul><ul><li>The Klan was the &quot;Invisible Empire of the South&quot; </li></ul>
  3. 4. Robes <ul><li>The Klan dressed in robes and sheets to : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>prevent identification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to frighten blacks The Klan was a terrorist organization </li></ul></ul>
  4. 6. <ul><ul><li>The Klan was a terrorist organization </li></ul></ul>
  5. 7. <ul><li>Between 1869 and 1871 its goal was to destroy Congressional Reconstruction by murdering blacks -- and some whites -- who were either active in politics or educating black children </li></ul>
  6. 8. <ul><li>The Klan burned churches and schools and drove thousands of people out of their homes. </li></ul><ul><li>Because local law enforcement officials were unable or unwilling to stop the Klan, Congress passed the Force Bill in 1871, giving the federal government the power to prosecute the Klan. </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>Dedicated prosecutors managed to win convictions and break up Klan activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Although relatively few people were punished, federal action did put an end to most Klan activities. </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>The Klan burned crosses, tortured and murdered those whom they opposed </li></ul>
  9. 12. <ul><li>http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/narrative_butterfield.html </li></ul>

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