The Ku Klux Klan (KKK, or Klan) is an organization that has at times been highly influential in U.S. politics. The group's name is derived from kyklos (Greek: circle), and it was originally founded in the aftermath of the American Civil War; since then, the KKK has had three discrete periods of existence. The influence that the Klan held changed over time. In the aftermath of the Civil War, the Klan operated as a secret society of vigilantes. From 1865 until the passage of the Force Acts, the Klan was ...

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