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Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others, I saw the Ku Klux Klan as an all-too visible power in many of the places we went to organize voter registration and protest segregation.We knew what the Klan was, and often we had a pretty good idea of who its members were.This report on the history of the Ku Klux Klan, America’s first terrorist organization, was prepared by the Klanwatch Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Since then, the Klan has become just one element in a much broader spectrum of white supremacist activity.
And why is this ghost of the Civil War still haunting America today with hatred, violence and sometimes death for its enemies and its own members?
The answers do not lie on the surface of American history.
Today, it seems incredible that an organization so violent, so opposed to the American principles of justice and equality, could twice in the nation’s history have held such power.
How did the Ku Klux Klan — one of the nation’s first terrorist groups — so instantly seize the South in the aftermath of the Civil War? How could it have risen so rapidly to power in the 1920s and then so rapidly have lost that power?