Ku Klux Klan

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  • The Ku Klux Klan (KKK, or the Klan) was born from the frustration among southern whites resulting from the end of the Civil War. Nathan Bedford Forrest and five other well-educated southerners held the first meeting in Pulaski, Tennessee, in 1865. The Klan evolved from a violent anti-Reconstructionist movement imbibing violence to a slightly more subtle political movement, still espousing the same hatreds throughout the United States. Although the West has often been thought of as more accepting of diversity than the South or Northeast, the Klan has been particularly active and influential in the region, especially in the first half of the twentieth century. The Klan, however, defied regional definition, and its successes or failures are better looked at on a state-by-state basis.

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