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Jazmine FuentesProfessor WilliamsHistory 262020 September 2018The History of the Ku Klux Klan: Rule by TerrorIn the article written by David Charles, he recalls how and why the Ku Klux Klan, also known as the KKK, became the violent terrorist group we have knowledge of. The Klan was started in Pulaski, Tennessee by a group of six young former Confederate officers. Although, the Klan was founded as a “social club” in 1865, by 1868 the Klan was widely known further apart from Tennessee. After just three years of being founded, the Klan went from just frightening African Americans to committing barbaric attacks against Republican politicians.Before the Civil War, there was a group of people that would terrorize former slaves and threatening them to keep them from voting Republican. After the war and the Emancipation Proclamation, white southerners were already conducting violent attacks against the now free blacks. The Ku Klux Klan was a way to attempt to go back to the Pre-Civil War society. As told by the first Grand Wizard of the Klan, Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest, “The origin of the Klan was the failure of white Southerners to accept the black as a fellow human being and Southerner.” (Chalmers 3). It has been noted that there were other groups besides the Ku Klux Klan, like the Red Caps, Yellow Jackets, Knight Owls, etc., that attacked African Americans in the South.After 1867, former Confederacy leaders were able to regain their previous political position and power. With such positions, they were able to implement things like Black Codes that regulated what African Americans could participate in and do. Following their return to

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