RISE OF THE KU KLAX KLAN:
During the early 20th century the emergence of the infamous group known as the Ku Klax Klan or KKK in America would lead to many African American lives lost in their quest to see white supremacy become dominant in the U.S.A.
History of the Klan:
There have been three incarnations of the group in American history. The first group originated in the decades following the abolishment of Slavery in the Southern states. They seeked to halt the progression of African American sucess in political and social circles by impolying extreme methods of violence.
The second group rose to prominence during the 1920's and sought to return to their former glory. Unlike the former however this incarnation were structured into a legitimate organisation that spread their numbers into the thousands with members all over the country.
The third and current incarnation formed during the civil rights era of America. The klan members of this period utilised extreme terror methods to try and bring the Civil Rights Movement to an abrupt end but failed. The klan during this time also had close ties to Southern Law Enforcement and thas was allowed certain immunity to engage in questionable activities.
This image showcases a father alongside his wife and children at a KKK gathering. This image is powerful because not only does it highlight the overwhelming numbers of the Ku Klax Klan, but also the fact that young children were being influenced by the racial prejudices and behaviors of the klan.
This image displays a public demonstration of the Ku Klax Klan during the 1920's. At this period of time there was national admiration towards the KKK as it was believed they were upholding both American values and Christian moralities.
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