U.S. History/KKK


Hi Paul, my name is Alex Menton and I am contacting you because I have a few questions about the KKK. I would truly appreciate it if you replied ASAP. I am from the North Branch Middle School and am working on History Day.

1: How did the KKK start?

2: When did the KKK start?

3: Was the KKK only against black people? Why?

4: Why did the Ku Klux Klan burn crosses?

Thank you for taking the time to look at this, I hope you can answer soon. Please send your answers to my email. Thanks!

         Sincerely, the KKK questioner.


First here a well written over view.

>1: How did the KKK start?

There were more than one start time. It started and stopped 3 times....
The first time it was founded by CSA Gen Nathan Beford Forrest

>2: When did the KKK start?

1865 1915 and 1946

>3: Was the KKK only against black people? Why?

No it was designed to do the bidding of the Democrats, mostly in South.
In addition to blacks, Republicans, Catholics and Jews were also targeted.
Recently Communists were added. It was to regain power after the civil war and reconstruction.
Later it was to maintain Jim Crow, segregation, suppress voters activity.

>4: Why did the Ku Klux Klan burn crosses?

That did not start until 1915.  They probably from Scots tradition of burning St Andrews cross to calling the military to gather.  Klan meetings would have Latin Cross burning. It soon became a tool of intimidation. A cross burned on property was warning. Kidnapping, bull whippings, gang rapes, hangings, arson, bombings, and other murders (person just disappears) were all part how they operated.  

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