A short history on the Ku Klux Klan

November 21, 2010 at 8:07 pm (KKK)

Incredible as it may seem, the Ku Klux Klan started as a joke. Six young Confederate veterans, out of work and with few prospects, met on Christmas Eve 1865 in Pulaski, Tennessee, and decided to form a club. Their intent was to add a bit of levity to their dreary, postwar life.
Their first act was to name the club. Journalist Fred Cook described the process: “One suggested ‘Kuklio,’ from the Greek word meaning band or circle. Since all were of Scotch-Irish descent, another suggested adding the word ‘Klan.’ Ideas were tossed back and forth; and as their thoughts were running to Ks, someone suggested ‘Ku.’ Putting it all together, the group came up with the name… Ku Klux Klan.”
In keeping with their intent to amuse and entertain, the veterans decided to masquerade as ghosts, covering their heads with pillowcases and their bodies with bedsheets. While they were at it, they draped sheets over their horses. The first “night-ride” of the Ku Klux Klan was nothing more than a lark. The veterans played pranks on their parents and serenaded their girlfriends.
No one could have guessed that from such simple beginnings, four chronologically separate and organizationally different Klan movements would emerge as national plagues: the Reconstruction Klan, the Patriotic Klan, the Anti-Civil Rights Klan, and, as it exists today, the Kareful Klan (also known as the Imperial Klans of America).
The SPLC continues to monitor their activity to this day.



  1. Josie Petruska said,

    i want to be in the ku klux klan when i grow up !!!!

    josie petruska

    • Lauren Bertrand said,

      be careful !! they can be dangerous!! but remeber to buy a nice white sheet !!!!

  2. cw1925 said,

    Thanks for the comments.

  3. N.B. Forrest said,

    HELL YA!!!!!!

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