The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) was a terrorist group that would terrorize, kidnap, kill, and torture African Americans. Reconstruction was an act of getting the United State's back to normal after the Civil War, and the Ku Klux Klan made this difficult. The Klu Klux Klan harassed African Americans. The Ku Klux Klan contributed to the failure of reconstruction by harassing African Americans in order to make the African Americans fear the Klansmen, they would try to increase their public appeal to gain more followers, increase their racism towards African Americans, leading towards the republican party failing, and harass and kill off the African americans to scare them into not voting or participating, bringing back white supremacy.
The KKK was a white nationalized group that included former veterans, which created the first branch of the group. The Klansmen founded in 1865, in Pulaski, Tennessee, is now known as the birthplace of the KKK. This group dedicated themselves to a campaign of violence to Republican leaders and voters. The KKK targeted many people based on their race or sexuality , including, Gays, Immigrants, African Americans, and Catholics(KKK history). Jim Crow laws,
However, by 1925, it was discovered that the KKK was a fraud and very corrupted. This caused the Klan’s influence and membership to decline expeditiously. Notwithstanding, the events that occurred in the 1920’s still had a positive effect on the lives of Americans because social reform during this time was the only reason why the KKK shrunk in size in the first place. Many people were able to become
The Ku Klux Klan first emerged in Pulaski, Tennessee following the Civil War. As we know today, the mere mention of the Klan triggers fear as the KKK is known for its various tactics of violence that came in the form if lynchings, murders, and mutilations. Following their emergence, the KKK were quickly symbolized and portrayed as the protectors of the South, following the defeat of the Southern states in the Civil War and the beginning of the period of Reconstruction by the federal government (Gurr, 1989, p. 132). During the 1920s, the KKK achieved its greatest political success and growth outside of the South. During this period, the membership of the Klan heavily expanded to the states of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Oregon, to which the KKK obtained two to two and one-half million members at its apex.
The KKK is a terrorist organization that want to have control over voting and opposed Reconstruction. People were sometimes killed if they didn’t listen to the KKK. The KKK wouldn’t just kill someone, they would torture them. People were also killed if they voted for something that the KKK did n’t like or if they supported Reconstruction.
The KKK began to grow and become a large problem for innocent people. In 1833 the United States passed a bill called the Force Bill (Carson 1). This made the klan disappear for awhile but did not stop them. Still to this day people are struggling with the Ku Klux
Through a series of successful campaigns in the early to mid-1960s, The Jim Crow Establishment had been withered away. However at this time, even though the massive legislative gains, blacks were still systematically denied the right to vote through the use of violence. In order to combat this, Leaders from all across the movement actively sought out ways to counteract the remnants of Jim Crow. In the Summer of 1964, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party was created.
Was It Right? Within the 1920’s there were approximately around 3,496 and counting reported lynchings all over the south, In Alabama there were 361, Arkansas 492, Florida 313, Georgia 590, Kentucky 168, Louisiana 549, Mississippi 60,North Carolina 123, South Carolina 185, Tennessee 233, Texas 338, and Virginia 84 lynchings (Lynching in America). These are just some of the numbers introduced during the 1920’s for the reported lynchings. Lynching was used for public appeal for the people to show justice on the blacks and to punish them so the whites could return to “white supremacy”.
The Ku Klux Klan reunited and began lynching blacks. In 1919 a young black boy drowned in Lake Michigan. He was swimming and drifted into the white section, he was stoned and eventually died in the water. This was the last straw for African Americans, which is when the Riot of 1919. In the time periods of 1916-1919 African Americans felt neglected, causing The Riot of 1919, and ending
In the mid-1920s, the Ku Klux Klan faced an influx of members as they began to target new enemies. The Klan not only attacked American blacks, but now targeted Jews, Catholics, and left-wing radicals. The membership reached its highest point since the end of Reconstruction, peaking at more than four million members. The statement, “the resurgence of the clan was merely the most extreme outgrowth of festering intolerance which permeated American society in the 1920s” is a valid statement due to New Immigration, religious tension, and a sense of racial intolerance in the North. The Ku Klux Klan is an example of xenophobia, racism, and religious intolerance.
America in the 1920-’s was an age of change. Some may have called this age “The Roaring Twenties”. It was a time of transformation when prohibition, jazz, and migration shaped the American landscape. One issue in particular, however, shook America: racism. A majority of the racial tensions were between the African Americans and the whites.
As the Ku Klux Klan’s membership grew, organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which fought to end racial discrimination and segregation, grew as well. With these two growing groups pushing for opposite ideals, tensions continued to increase. The NAACP pushed for reform and rights for African Americans and the Ku Klux Klan combated their progress with lynching and
African Americans face a struggle with racism which has been present in our country before the Civil War began in 1861. America still faces racism today however, around the 1920’s the daily life of an African American slowly began to improve. Thus, this time period was known by many, as the “Negro Fad” (O’Neill). The quality of life and freedom of African Americans that lived in the United States was constantly evolving and never completely considered ‘equal’. From being enslaved, to fighting for their freedom, African Americans were greatly changing the status quo and beginning to make their mark in the United States.
The Reconstruction Era occurred in 1865, it was was a period after the Civil War in which America was focused on rebuilding the broken South. In 1867, the Radical reconstruction gave former slaves a voice in government. During this era, formers slaves gained a platform in the government, with some blacks as Congressmen. However, not everyone supported the idea of Reconstruction. Less than a decade after the Reconstruction period, a small group composed of democratic ex-confederate veterans, white farmers and white southerners sympathetic to white supremacy joined forces together to form the Ku Klux Klan.