from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A secret society organized in the South after the Civil War to reassert white supremacy by means of terrorism.
- noun A secret fraternal organization of similar intent founded in Georgia in 1915.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In United States history, a secret oath-bound organization, also called simply Kuklux, which arose in the Southern States after the civil war of 1861-65, among the participants in or sympathizers with secession, the members of which (or persons passing as members) perpetrated many outrages, by whipping, expelling, or murdering persons obnoxious to them, especially negroes and new-comers from the north.
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- proper noun A secret society that uses terrorism to promote white supremacy. It primarily operated in the southern United States of America during the mid-1900s.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a secret society of white Southerners in the United States; was formed in the 19th century to resist the emancipation of slaves; used terrorist tactics to suppress Black people
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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The name Ku Klux Klan has been used by three entirely different organizations in the U.S.
As politicians and columnists across the country debate the life and legacy of the late Sen. Robert Byrd, the West Virginian's membership in the Ku Klux Klan has been a sticking point for many.
History shows that the Ku Klux Klan was the terrorist arm of the Democrat Party.
And so, quite innocently, a new social club called the Ku Klux Klan was created to provide recreation for Confederate veterans.
Not only is Byrd the longest serving senator in the US Senate, he used to be a leader of the white supremacist group known as the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).
Whereas the Ku Klux Klan was the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party, and their primary goal was to intimidate and terrorize African American voters, Republicans who moved South to protect African Americans and any other whites who supported them
And sometimes when we forgot that place, there was a cadre of Friends of the Black People called the Ku Klux Klan, whose job was to remind us what our place was and to put us back.
He said, "the Ku Klux Klan was a peaceful organization and did a lot of good."
The Ku Klux Klan is a home-grown terror organization that the federal government countenanced for 100 years as a sort of paramilitary to the police departments in Southern states.
America's Ku Klux Klan, which is best known for burning threatening crosses outside the homes of civil rights activists, and for lynching negroes in the Southern states of the USA.