KKK-2-KreationoftheKlan - Kreation of the Klan John Lester Calvin Jones Richard Reed James Crowe Frank McCord and John Kennedy who were also referred to

KKK-2-KreationoftheKlan - Kreation of the Klan John Lester...

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Kreation of the Klan John Lester, Calvin Jones, Richard Reed, James Crowe, Frank McCord and John Kennedy, who were also referred to as the Pulaski Six , met at the mansion of Colonel Thomas Martin (another Confederate office from Pulaski) to discuss the naming of their club. Reed originally suggested that the group call themselves Kuklos, which is 1 the Greek word for “circle”. This original thought was most likely influenced by the popular Southern college fraternity, the Kuklos Adelphon. (They Called Themselves, pg 25) James Crowe offered a deviation from this word, suggesting it be called “ ku klux ” to give it a mysterious sounding name. (The Ku Klux Klan, pg 2) “And add ‘Klan’,” Kennedy stated, “as we are all of Scotch-Irish descent” (Organization and Principles, web). After the newly named Klan was formed, the men met up again to develop rules, which they closely patterned after the Kuklos Adelphon fraternity. “They wrote a vow of secrecy and fashioned secret rites and rituals such as passwords, handshakes, a secret code, and the hazing of new members.” (They Called Themselves, page 25) When it became time to discuss the attire of the newly formed group, the Pulaski Six searched the linen closet of Colonel Martin’s wife, draping themselves in white sheets, and covering their faces with white pillowcases. 1 Their idea for the costumes was to represent the ghosts of Confederate soldiers, while still remaining anonymous. (Ku Klux

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