White Supremacists: The Ku Klux Klan

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The KKK or otherwise known as the Ku Klux Klan were an organized group of white supremacists that would terrorize innocent African American lives, and would violently forbid them to enjoy basic civil rights. They would go to the extremes by using brutal violence to intimidate others in ways such as burning black churches or schools, shootings, etc. In a way, they gained some attention to reach their goal across, but it actually backfired on them and harsher laws were set in place.
The original KKK dates into end of the American Civil War in 1865. This cult was created by a small group of democratic former confederate soldiers which existed during the Reconstruction era around 1863-1877(Richard OL). This was a secret organization formed in
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It also further states that any state that failed to follow theses laws, the federal government could intervene. The Enforcement Acts were targeted towards the Ku Klux Klan members because of their killing spree towards some whites and African Americans who voted, held office and were involved with some schools. Unfortunately, many states were afraid to take action against the Klan because the political leaders either sympathized with them, were members, or they were too weak. Republican governors were too afraid to send black militia groups to town to stop the violence with the Klan because they could start a race war. The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 made private crime federal crimes. President Grant stated during this “insurgents were in rebellion against the authority of the United States” and because of this he sent troops into town where the violence was the worst to restore peace and order. Martial law was declared in the nine counties of South Carolina and klansmen were tried in court. Most of the prosecution of the KKK was credited to Amos Ackerman, who was Grant’s Attorney General. A few hundred klansmen were tried and sent to jail, the resulting thousands fled or were let off with fines or warnings. By 1872, the terror reign was over and the organization was broken. Although it was finally over, thousand African Americans and hundred whites had been murdered or driven off their home and communities(KKK During Reconstruction

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