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Ku Klux Klan


What Is The Ku Klux Klan?


The Early Ku Klux Klan and White Supremacy


Inside the KKK


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How Prohibition Led to the Revival of the Ku Klux Klan

The Ku Klux Klan, commonly called the KKK or simply the Klan, refers to three distinct secret movements at different points in time in the history of the United States. Each has advocated extremist reactionary positions such as white supremacy, white nationalism, anti-immigration and—especially in later iterations—Nordicism and anti-Catholicism. Historically, the KKK used terrorism—both physical assault and murder—against groups or individuals whom they opposed. All three movements have called for the "purification" of American society and all are considered right-wing extremist organizations. In each era, membership was secret and estimates of the total were highly exaggerated by both the friends and enemies.
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  • Fun facts 

  • First KKK 

  • Second KKK 

  • Third KKK 

  • Origin of the name 

  • Creation and naming 

  • Activities 

  • Resistance 

  • End of the first Klan 

  • Refounding in 1915 

  • ''The Birth of a Nation'' 

  • Goals 

  • Organization 

  • Perceived moral threats 

  • Rapid growth 

  • Prohibition 

  • Urbanization 

  • Costumes and the burning cross 

  • Political role 

  • Resistance and decline 

  • Labor and anti-unionism 

  • National changes 

  • Anti-modern interpretations 

  • New social history interpretations 

  • Indiana and Alabama 

  • 1950s–1960s: post-war opposition to civil rights 

  • 1970s–present 

  • Massacre of Communist Workers' Party protesters 

  • Jerry Thompson infiltration 

  • Chattanooga, Tennessee, shooting 

  • Michael Donald lynching 

  • Neo-Nazi alliances and Stormfront 

  • Current developments 

  • Current Klan organizations 

  • Outside the United States 

  • Titles and vocabulary 

  • Bibliography 

  • Official websites 

  • Other links