History of the KKK

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[KKK Rally. Courtesy of NPR]

History of the Ku Klux Klan

Founded in 1865 by confederate veterans after the civil war had ended, the Ku Klux Klan was a resistance group opposed to Reconstruction Policies which intended to achieve economic and political equality for African-Americans. The goals of the KKK included intimidating Republican leaders who supported reconstruction, and most importantly, reverse governmental policies that gave rights to African-Americans. They used violence and terrorism, often commiting murder, destroying property, and assaulting leaders in pursuit of their goals. ​​​​​​​

[KKK Threat to Republican Sheriff. Courtesy of Gilder Lehrman]

[KKK Illustration. Courtesy of Library of Congress]

At its peak in 1925, the KKK had approximately 4 million members and considerable political power. The KKK had a revival in the 1960’s in response to the civil rights movement, with the goal of preserving segregation.

[KKK March. Courtesy of University of Dayton]

[Confrontation Between KKK and African-American Residents. Courtesy of The Ledger]

[KKK Billboard. Courtesy of The News&Observer]

[The Fiery Cross Newspaper. Courtesy of Indiana University]