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See also "Africian Americans" in races section and "Slavery" in ways section.

"The Ku Klux Klan is a secret terrorist organisation that discriminates different races. It was originally set up after the Civil War. It was an attempt to re-establish politcial hegemony of the planter aristorcracy." - Encyclopedia Briticanna. defines the Ku Klux Klan as "A secret society organized in the South after the Civil War to reassert white supremacy by means of terrorism."

The KKK tooks an different form in the 20th century. The KKK, joined with the Knights of the White Camelia, represented a determined effort to avoid sharing some power with "blacks."

It was originally organised by Confederate veterans as a social club in 1866. Some people referred to them as the "Invisible Empire of the South."

They were dressed in white robes and sheets. They did this to frighten superstitious victims. They also did this to prevent identification. That way, people would not know who they were.

KKK members, or Klansmen, whipped and killed innocent people during night raids. It was in the name of caucasions.

There was an increase in he number of murders and kidnappings. Because of that, the "grand wizard" of the klan orded that it be disbanded in 1869. Some groups still stayed active.

In the 20th century, the Klan grew again. It took offense agains American tradition. It was organized in Atlanta in 1915. It peaked in the '20s. The new Klan not only discriminated Africian Americans, but they also discriminated Roman Catholics, Jews, foreigners, and organized labor.

During The Great Depression the Klan's membership dropped. During the 1960s, some states witnessed membership of the KKK increasing. The KKK is not as popular, but is still around today.

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