Assignment On Was The Kkk Successful?

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The Ku Klux Klan or KKK is one of America's oldest and most feared groups. Driven by the dream of a world with only one master race, the KKK often uses violence and takes the law into their own hands in order to promote their cause. The Ku Klux Klan is a secret society based on hatred and violence. The Klan claims that it stands for only law-abiding rallies and activities, but the Klan has been known for having hypocritical views throughout its existence. No matter where the Klan is headed, violence is sure to follow. However one question remains, was the Ku Klux Klan successful?Many people may think that the Ku Klux Klan was not successful because of the fact that they were a group of thugs, who coerced colored people ...view middle of the document...

This angered many white people and they created groups to support their beliefs and to allow people with the same ideas to gather together and share their ideas.The Ku Klux Klan was obviously an organization that would stop at nothing to restore white supremacy throughout the south. The KKK became the leading force behind the Democratic Party. They intimidated black voters into voting Democrat by beatings, lynching, and whippings. Black's and people who supported blacks were tortured in the most inhumane manner, many times resulting in murder. Eventually The KKK became so violent that it was dismantled. However it had already accomplished one of its main goals to leave the Blacks with no power and the southern upper class and plantation owners' back into power. Even though the black's had laws that were supposed to protect them and give them rights they were ignored because of the violent ways of the Ku Klux Klan. Slavery was outlawed, nevertheless that did not stop southern plantation owners from finding ways around the laws to imprison black Americans. Even though black's were not called slaves many of them found jobs at plantations and were treated no differently than before the Civil War.I believe that the original KKK was extremely successful. Black people were treated no differently; if not worse because of the rage those people were igniting in many Americans across the United States. When that many people feel so strongly about a cause whether it be right or wrong there is nothing that can be done to stop it. I suppose that any race, put into the shoes of the white man after the war, would demand for supremacy of their race, and probably attempt to defend their homes, families and territory in the same method the KKK did.


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