Ku Klux Klan. Origins of the Ku Klux Klan. Also known as the Invisible Empire of the South 1st branch was established in Tennessee May 1866 Branches grew up in Southern states 1868 - 1870 KKK played an important role in restoring White rule in Southern states
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Ku Klux Klan
Late at night she was awakened by the thudding of horses’ hooves as nightriders, branding torches and yelling like banshees, swept into the clearing and rode round and round her cabin. She never knew when they might set fire to the place, burning her to death inside, and some nights she was so terrified that she would get out of bed, creep through the woods to the roadway and trudge the twelve miles to Durham, preferring the dark, lonely but open road to the risk of being trapped in the farm.
The Negro was taken to a grove, where each one of more than five hundred people, in the Ku Klux Klan ceremonial, had placed a pine knot around a stump, and asked if he had anything to say. The fire was lit and a hundred men and women, old and young, grandmothers among them, joined hands and danced around while the Negro burned. A big barn dance was held in a barn nearby that evening in celebration of the burning, many people coming by car from nearby cities to the gala event.
1921 Washington Eagle newspaper described the death of a Black man accused of murdering a white woman in Georgia.
Typical questions asked of new recruits