The KKK was
started in Pulaski, Tennesse on Christmas Eve, 1865 in a lawyers office.
The office is still there. In the 1920's there was a big celebration and people
came from all over to dedicate a bronze plaque to be placed on the outside of
the office. Today, the owner of the building has turned the plaque around
because he doesn't like the KKK or the idea of white Christian America.
However, Thomas Robb, the director of The Knights started a holiday 15
years ago to honor the KKK and the brave members who formed this wonderful
The KKK was
founded after the Civil war had ended. The war had been terrible and
thousands and thousands of men died. Kids as young as 12 and 13 in the
Southfaked their ages and joined the war effort toward the end. There was
many more people in the North than the South.
Lincoln felt that the South should be treated as a child who had disobeyed his
mother. But many powerful men in Congress hated the South and felt that it
should be treated as a conquered land. They saw there was a profit to be
made in the war beaten land. Abraham Lincoln wanted all Americans
reunited. He wanted them to have good times. He decided to create a
new type of money. It would be the kind of money Thomas Jefferson and
Congress had decided upon at the beginning of the country. The name of the
new money would be the lincoln Greenback. Powerful bankers who secretly
controlled politicians in Washington didn't want the new money. They
wouldn't be able to control and bribe them with the new money. They hired
a man named John Wilkes Booth to kill the president. It was terrible for
everyone. Abraham Lincoln even had a plan to help all of the newly freed
slaves to go home to Africa.
When he was
killed everything was changed. The crooked men got their way and the South
was treated awful. White people had to salute black people on the street.
Whisky sellers came and sold liquor to blacks who excited about no longer having
a curfew would roam the countryside hurting men, women, and children. The
people suffered horribly. Most people never owned slaves. And some
blacks even owned slaves. But the ex-slaves didn't care. They were
hungry for power.
getting away with rape, murder, robbery, and drunkeness because those who wanted
to take advantage of the South for profit knew it would be easier if all the
white people were spending all their time fighting for their lives. Troops
of armed men working for the crooked politicians would not allow the white
people to defend themselves.
Six men who
had once been Confederate soldiers decided to start a club. It would be a
secret club, with secret code words, and neat costumes. The club was
around for several months and they would meet in different places. It was
very dangerous though. Bands of violent negroes traveled around at night
terrorizing families. One night when the club was meeting they
accidentally came across an outlaw band of negroes. But, this time instead
of the white people getting murdered, the negroes ran away screaming. They
thought the men in their costumes were the ghosts of dead soldiers who had died
in the Civil war just a couple of years earlier.
Soon a new
idea caught on. These deeply religious men felt God had given them a great
gift in disguise - a peaceful way to defend themselves. The plan
worked. Moms, Grandmas, Aunts and sisters made the flowing white robes for
their husbands, sons, fathers, or brothers. The men would ride through the
countryside at night. Where the negroes would see them they would
immediately run home and stop looting, stealing, raping, or murdering.
Soon thousands upon thousands of people joined the Ku Klux Klan. After a
few years the white people were free again. The negroes began respecting
law and order once again. When the white people in the South refused to
give up God blessed them and the crooked politicians sent the federal armies
home. With no one to protect them and allow them to continue breaking the
law, the negroes regained respect for law and order. Times were good once
times in history, there have been occasions when white Christians needed to
unite together for an important cause. They have turned to the Ku Klux
Today the KKK
still stands for the unity of all white Christians. We don't hate other
people. We just are watching out for our white brothers and sisters.
Just like other groups watch out for their people.