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Rights and Freedoms: Ku Klux Klan

Year 10 Mandatory History

Britannica Online


Ku Klux Klan, either of two distinct U.S. hate organizations that have employed terror in pursuit of their white supremacist agenda. One group was founded immediately after the Civil War and lasted until the 1870s; the other began in 1915 and has continued to the present.

Counter Extremism

The KKK’s overriding doctrine is white supremacy, white solidarity, and preservation of the white race. The group describes itself as “promoters of White Christian civilization.


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Over the decades, the Ku Klux Klan has evolved to target its message of hate against many different populations.

A study of the Ku Klux Klan today, describing their aims and the characteristics of the membership and depicting some of their white-robed ceremonies. Shows historic footage of a reorganization of the Klan in 1915 and includes sequences from the motion picture The birth of a nation about the origin and function of the Ku Klux Klan.

Thought to be Selected Originals from late 1940s material.


Founded in 1866, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) extended into almost every southern state by 1870 and became a vehicle for white southern resistance to the Republican Party’s Reconstruction-era policies aimed at establishing political and economic equality for blacks.

Khan Academy

The Ku Klux Klan first arose in the South during the Reconstruction Era, but experienced a resurgence in the period immediately following the end of the First World War