The Ku Klux Klan and The Treatment of Black Americans

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Origins (Segregation and Jim Crow Laws)

  • The Jim Crow Laws meant that black eople of the southern states were segregated from white people
  • Forced to go to seperate schools, use seperate buses, trains and live in different neighbourhoods
  • Low paid jobs and low standard education
  • Only few black people could vote
  • Lynching

Reasons for the growth of the KKK

  • In early 1920s, fundraiser Ed Clarke recruited people in businesslike way to variety of prejudices
  • Employed sympathises as new members for $10 (kept $4 dollars for themselves)
  • 1923 dentist Wesley Evans took over. Moved Klan into local state politics
  • Judges, local officials and policemen became members
  • Local politicians and business men sometimes supported them for political reasons and out of four (didn't want to offend)
  • 1924 - 4 million members


  • Often poor whites who thought their jobs were threatened by black who would work for less
  • Did have some rich, influential members including state politicians
  • Strongest in southern states - large black population and history of black opression


  • Black People
  • Communists
  • Jew and Catholics
  • Foreigners

The decline in support for the Ku Klux Klan

  • The Klan sold itself as…


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