Ku Klux Klan a force of injustice whose outrages helped energize public opinion against such racism and violence and toward equality

(S)The origins of the KKK were in Pulaski, Tennessee just after the Civil War ended in 1865 as a small veterans' group that rode their horses in disguise at midnight, but its aims became more political, racist, and intimidating during the social upheaval of Reconstruction in the South (Pilgrim).
(P) A primary source threatening letter signed by the KKK to a black man who was elected to office told him that he was under observation and might be boxed up and sent away unless he learns to vote the way the white people do ("Threat from KKK").

(Q and Primary Source) This law was intended to push back the increasing volume of intimidation by the KKK to prevent African Americans from voting by imposing federal consequences such as a "fine not less than five hundred nor ore than five thousand dollars, or by imprisonments, . . . not less than six months nor more than six years" ("Ku Klux Klan Act").

P: The 1915 silent movie Birth of Nation stirred up nationalism and sympathy for the plight of white Southerners through its romanticized version of the rebels and the KKK itself rising to defend them and its evil depiction of the North, black people, and forces of government and justice ("Ku Klux Klan: A History").

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