Ku Klux Klan

by Raynen Taylor

What was the KKK?

A secret group formed in 1866 to bring violence against the African Americans.

What was the appearance of the KKK?

They wear white sheets and hoods to hide their identity.

What kind of things did the KKK do?

They launched midnight rides against African Americans, burning their homes, churches, and schools. They killed as well. In Jackson County, Florida, the Klan murdered more than 150 people over a three-year period.

Support from the South

The tactics of the Klan and other violent groups had the support of many Southerners, especially planters and Democrats. These Southerners, who had the most to gain from the reestablishment of white supremacy, saw violence as a defense against Republican rule.