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"STRANGELY ENOUGH, the original Ku Klux Klan began in 1865 as a social club of young men in Pulaski, Tennessee. Its ghostly uniform and rituals frightened superstitious Negroes; and when Klansmen discovered this fact accidentally, they lost little time in recruiting membership to 55,000."

The entire South was organized as an Invisible Empire under a Grand Wizard, the ex-Confederate cavalry hero, Nathan Bedford Forrest (pictured above). At a convention in Nashville in 1867, the Klan announced its objectives:

To protect the weak and innocent from the lawless: to succor the suffering, especially widows and orphans of Confederate soldiers.
To defend the Constitution of the United States, and to protect the States and people from all invasion of rights and liberties.

"Apparently, President Grant did not believe that those objectives were genuine, because he sent a special message to Congress in 1871 urging legislation to curb Klan violence. A series of "Force Laws" were passed to enforce the 14th amendment, break up secret societies and control Southern elections."

"Arrests were made where violence had been rampant, and gradually the organization dissolved. But it had accomplished its leader's real purpose: to keep the Negroes in Political bondage."

October, 1946: p 6

Click here to read about the re-birth of the KKK that took place in 1915.

The article posted below presents a rebel's view of how the Civil War began as well as the
earliest history of the KKK under the command of N.B. Forrest. It was disbanded in 1876.

- from Amazon:


The Birth of the KKK (Coronet Magazine, 1946)

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