The Ku Klux Klan

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The Ku Klux Klan

SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE

McAllen, Texas

Research Proposal

The Ku Klux Klan

Submitted By

Alejandro San Roman

US History 1301

Submitted to the Department of History and Philosophy

        Since the beginning of white slavery in America, racism has become much larger throughout history. Especially when Abraham Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War. In the December of 1865, in Pulaski, near Alabama border of Tennessee, six young men decided to form a group. They were mostly young men who had been officers during the Civil War, who fought for Southern Independence. The six young founders were Captain John Lester, Captain John Kennedy, Captain James Crowe, Frank McCord, Richard Reed, and Calvin Jones. One of the group suggested the name “Kuklos.”[1]  This group would then be called the Ku Klux Klan, or the KKK. The original KKK had few goals including, erasing the Republican Party, regaining control of black labor, and to legalize slavery once again.

        At first the small group of men only joked around innocently and rode into the night dressed as ghosts, and claimed they were the spirits of dead confederate soldiers. This activity bore no ill intent and was simply for entertainment. As they rode around dressed as ghosts they claimed they were soldiers and said odd things like they “I’ve not had a drink of water since the Battle of Shiloh.” The prospect of angry confederate spirits who have come back from the dead scared the newly freed local blacks.  The Klan would take full advantage of this fear, and use this to terrorize the blacks.

        The Ku Klux Klan was very similar to any college group and they enjoyed horsing around and being simple college students. The organizers of the early KKK were simply out for innocent and harmless fun. The members would always enjoy the crazy antics that went on during the initiation. Their one requirement of new members of the KKK was complete and utter secrecy of the details of the initiation. They agreed that it wouldn’t be as fun if the initiate even knew an inkling of what would come during the initiation.