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Ku Klux Klan
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is a secret, white supremacist group in the United States. Founded in Pulaski, Tennessee, during the period of reconstruction after the American Cival War, the Klan had spread through the southern United States by 1867. The name was derived from the Greek word κύκλος/kýklos (circle). Klansmen, disguised with white robes and masks, used intimidation and violence to prevent blacks from exercising their newfound political rights. The Klan declined in the 1870s but was revived as a fraternal organization in 1915 by ex-preacher…

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Maxson, Rachel E., “Ku Klux Klan”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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