When did the Ku Klux Klan begin and why? In the 20th century, who did it target, and why? Is the KKK just a thing of the past?
originally organized in the south during Reconstruction, primarily to intimidate blacks so they could would not exercise their new political rights, the Ku Klux Klan reorganized in the 20th century with a broader range of target groups. In 1915, William J. Simmons resurrected the movement. Art first, the Klan concentrated on maintaining white supremacy by intimidating white employers as well as black workers and potential voters. As the Klan spread northward, its racist orientation broadened into a more general nationalism and nativism. The Klan thus evolved into a multixenophobic organization in which southern and eastern European Catholics and Jews, as well as blacks, were seen as a threat to the nations character. No they are were ever racial strife occurs, its members come to sermonize, recruit, and stir up trouble.