Klu Klux Klan

Social Studies Project.

Who Are The People Involved.?

Back in the 1925 a lot of KKK members paraded past the U.S treasury buildings in Washington D.C. And Klansman A.K.A the Hooded order.

What Is Your Topic About.?

The KKK is a white supremacist organization that was founded in 1866. Through out its notorious history, factions of the secrets fraternal organization have used acts of terrorism- including murder, lynching, arson, rape, and bombing.

Where Did The Event Occur or Where Did This Person Make History.?

The name of the Klu Klux Klan was derived from the Greek word Kuklos , meaning "Circle", and the Scottish-Gaelic word "Clan" which was probably chosen for the sake of alliteration.

When Did Your Event or Person(s) Occur In The 20's.?

In this year the discussion was to complement others from “Passing from Light Into Dark.” Both deal with issues of race, ethnicity, religion, and national identity as foci of the “Culture Wars” of the 1920’s.

WHY Was This Event/Individual/Topic Was so Important to Shaping 1920's Culture And Society.?

A Potent force in American politics in the mid- 1920’s with between three and eight million members, the Klan controlled the legislature in Indiana, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas and was key to the election of several governors and numerous local officials. The Klan declined rapidly after 1925 due to scandals involving its leadership and the drop immigration numbers caused by the National Origins Act.

Historical Background

The KKK was basically based in the south of America. Here they targeted those set free the American Civil War- the African Americans. The KKK had never considered the former slaves as being free and terrorised African American families based in the South. America experienced great economic prosperity during the 1920’s but not much of it filtered to the South. Racism mixed with anger at their economic plight formed a potent cocktail.

Why Is This Topic So Important.?

From 1868 through the early 1870s the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) functioned as a loosely organized group of political and social terrorists. The Klan's goals included political defeat of the Republican Party and the maintenance of absolute white supremacy in response to newly gained civil and political rights by southern blacks after the Civil War (1861-65). They were more successful in achieving their political goals than they were with their social goals during the Reconstruction era.