Ku klux klan: noose a ku klux klan member dangling a noose from an automobile in an effort to intimidate african american voters in miami, florida, may 3, 1939 ap images the klan was unable to stem the growth of a new racial tolerance in the south in the years that followed. The ku klux klan was and is undeniably a terrorist organization—but what made the klan an especially insidious terrorist organization, and a threat to civil liberties, was that it functioned as the unofficial paramilitary arm of southern segregationist governments this allowed its members to kill.
Mcadoo’s constituency was anti-league of nations, pro-prohibition, anti-immigrant, and pro-ku klux klan smith’s was the opposite attesting to the growing influence of the kkk in american politics at the time, a platform plank favored by smith supporters that would have condemned the klan by name went down to defeat after a raucous debate that degenerated into fisticuffs.
The ku klux klan (/ ˈ k uː ˈ k l ʌ k s ˈ k l æ n, ˈ k j uː /), commonly called the kkk or simply the klan, refers to three distinct secret movements at different points in time in the history of the united states.
The ku klux klan was one among a number of secret, oath-bound organizations using violence, including the southern cross in new orleans (1865), and the knights of the white camellia (1867) in louisiana. The ku klux klan is a white-supremacist organisation they are infamous for wearing white robes with hoods, and for terrorising black people in the dixie south they used to chase black people out of town, lynch them (and get away with it), and to burn crosses on people's lawns.
Founded in 1866, the ku klux klan (kkk) extended into almost every southern state by 1870 and became a vehicle for white southern resistance to the republican party’s reconstruction-era policies aimed at establishing political and economic equality for blacks.
The name of the ku klux klan was derived from the greek word kyklos, meaning “circle,” and the scottish-gaelic word “clan,” which was probably chosen for the sake of alliteration under a platform of philosophized white racial superiority, the group employed violence as a means of pushing back reconstruction and its enfranchisement of african americans.
In a few southern states, republicans organized militia units to break up the klan in 1871, the ku klux act passed congress, authorizing president ulysses s grant to use military force to suppress the kkk. The origin of the ku klux klan was a carefully guarded secret for years, although there were many theories to explain its beginnings one popular notion held that the ku klux klan was originally a secret order of chinese opium smugglers.