HIST101ShortPaper2 - HIST 101 American History to 1877 The Ku Klux Klan is a native-born American racist terrorist organization that helped overthrow

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HIST 101American History to 1877
The Ku Klux Klan is a native-born American racist terrorist organization that helped overthrow Republican Reconstruction governments in the South after the Civil War and drive black people out of politics. It revived in the 20th Century as a social lodge and briefly became a nationwide political power. The name Klu Klux Klan came from the Greek word ‘kuklos,” which means circle or wheel. The Klu Klux Klan was considered to be a fraternal organization. It grew out of the Civil War to protect and preserve the white race. It was to ensure the "voluntary separation" of the races. In many cases that meant the termination of blacks, Catholics, and Jews. During the1960s, the Klan fought the Civil Rights Movement in the South. Under attack in state and federalcourts, in a racially changed and disapproving South, the Klan hangs on.The Ku Klux Klan is one of America's oldest and most feared groups. Motivated by the dream ofa world with only one race, the KKK uses violence and does things that are against the law to support their cause. They have been in the shadows for over 130 years, and occasionally continueto succeed in America's society today. In the summer of 1866, six young ex-Confederate officers organized a social club that took nightly rides, in which members disguised themselves in white masks and robes. This group soon

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