The Ku Klux Klan

By: Emma Sinclair

Who are they?

The KKK was a secret group that was formed in 1866. They wanted to put fear into the minds of black and white republicans who supported reconstruction. They thought that they were doing everyone a favor. They committed violence to try to keep free men and women from using their rights and voting.

What did they do?

The KKK killed, and burned homes and churches. This was all to make one point, African Americans should not have rights. They tried to scare African Americans from voting, by increasing violence before elections. What the Klan did was supported by many white Southerners who wanted white to be the main race again.