Ku Klux Klan Argumentative Essay

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The world has always had people who hate something or somebody for one specific reason whether their reason is justified or not. Most of the time, groups like these focus on a certain race of people. One of the most known and talked about groups like this is the Ku Klux Klan, or the KKK. Their main idea is that white people are superior to any other race. The KKK isn’t a new thing by any means, but they are still out there in many places. The original KKK was started by six college students in the town of Pulaski, Tennessee somewhere between December of 1865 and the summer of 1866. It had started off as a fraternity where they would do things like dressing up in costumes and riding horses during the night. They had soon found out that people …show more content…

In 1915, a man named William J. Simmons watched the movie, ”Birth Of A Nation”, which is about the reconstruction, but it takes place through the eyes of someone in the KKK. This inspired William to reorganize the KKK. He claimed that the group was dedicated to “comprehensive Americanism”, and when the movie aired in Atlanta, he put an ad in the Atlanta paper for the KKK next to the movies ad. He had very good timing considering the United States was getting an immense number of immigrants. The KKK had claimed to be “purely benevolent” and when World War I had begun, the group promised to protect the home front from many different racial groups. The number of member began to skyrocket by 1921, with the group racking up as many as 100,000 members. However, as the KKK grew, so did the amount of violence caused by the group. This alongside all of the infighting began to cause problems. By the great depression, the KKK once again been fragmented and was no longer as large as it was. There were some attempts after this to begin the KKK once again which have had very little success, however they still exist today but are no where near as big as it once was. (“Extremism in America Ku Klux Klan-History.” archive.adl.org web, 27 November

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