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Ku Klux Klan History

 

(The following information was gathered from public sources)

The original KU KLUX KLAN was founded on December 24, 1865 at the law office of Judge Thomas M. Jones at Pulaski, Tennessee. The "Jolly Six" as they referred to themselves were former Confederate Army Veterans.

1. Captain John C. Lester- Knight Hawk
2. Captain John B. Kennedy - Grand Magi
3. Frank O. McCord - Grand Cyclops
4. Calvin E. Jones- (son of Thomas M. Jones)
5. Richard R. Reed - Lictor
6. James R. Crowe- Grand Turk

Grand Cyclops, Grand Magi, Grand Turk, Grand Scribe, Lictors, and Knight Hawks were officers' titles of "The Den". Members were called "Ghouls". Two Lictors were "Outer Guards" and Knight Hawks were "Couriers".

Ku Klux Klan derived from the Greek word Kuklos meaning a circle with no beginning or end. Klan came from the Scottish word Clan referring to a family or a likened group of believers. They added KU to make the name "flow on the tongue" when pronounced.

The Civil War had officially ended in April of 1865 when General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, VA. The rest of 1865 until 1877 were known as the period of Reconstruction, during which former Confederate States were under Union Army occupation until new state legislatures could be elected. The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution formally ended slavery throughout America and the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution (both ratified in 1865) granted voting rights and citizenship to former slaves. Radical Republicans in the US Senate and House of Representatives were determined to "punish" the former Confederacy and "denied citizenship" to any White male who had supported the Confederacy during the War Between the States. Much of the South was in ruin, as most of the fighting has taken place on Southern soil. Confederate money was "worthless" and many people were "broke". This was a "terrible time" for White people!


The Ku Klux Klan started as a "social and fraternal" group. Members dressed up in hoods and robes made of bed sheets, riding at night on horseback to "scare" local folks, especially freed slaves. Slaves thought of them as "Ghosts" of Confederate War dead. By 1866, former Confederate leaders thought of the Ku Klux Klan as a "useful" political tool to help the White South regain political power. In a short amount of time the KKK spread throughout the eleven former Confederate States. Membership was kept "secret", as Union Army would "hang" without a "fair trial" any White suspected of being a Klansman. The first convention of the Ku Klux Klan was held at Nashville, Tennessee in May of 1867. The Klan was so "successful" at reestablishing White rule to the South that several Federal Laws were passed against it.

1865 Alien & Sedition Act
1870 & 1871 Two Ku Klux Acts
1868 The State of Tennessee passed a
separate Anti-Ku Klux Statute.

By about 1872 most Southern States were electing White Legislatures, so the Ku Klux Klan was formally "abolished" about 1874. Reconstruction ended with the presidential election of 1876 when Rutherford B. Hayes was elected US President over Samuel B. Tilden and Union troops were removed from the South in 1877.

General Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) was originally asked to head the KKK, but declined due to health reasons. General Nathan Bedford Forrest was then asked and became the GRAND WIZARD of the KU KLUX KLAN in 1866. It was he who formally abolished it about the year 1874.

Imperial Wizards / Six Eras

1st Era - 1866 to approximately 1874
General Nathan Bedford Forrest
Title of "Grand Wizard"

Nathan Bedford Forrest
Born July 13, 1821 Chapel Hill, Tennessee
Died October 29, 1877 near Memphis, Tennessee
Nickname "The Wizard of the Saddle"
Confederate General in charge of "Forrest's Cavalry"

In 1907 Thomas Dixon (1/11/1864 - 4/3/1946), a native of North Carolina published a book entitled, THE CLANSMEN pertaining to the KKK of the Reconstruction Era; he also published two other novels pertaining to the KKK (THE LEOPARD'S SPOTS and THE TRAITOR). These three books are now published together as one book entitled THE RECONSTRUCTION TRILOGY by the Noontide Press (preface by Sam Dickson).

In 1915 D.W. Griffith, a Kentuckian, produced his silent movie classic, BIRTH OF A NATION pertaining to the Civil War and Reconstruction Era. He "glorified" the KKK.


2nd Era - 1915 to approximately 1925
Colonel William Joseph Simmons
Title of "Imperial Wizard"

Col. Simmons formed a "New Klan" on Thanksgiving Eve in November 1915 at Stone Mountian, Georgia. This Klan was opened to White Men in the 48 United States with ancestry going back to the Revolutionary War or before. This Era of the Klan was founded on concepts of Americanism, meaning Christianity and Patriotism. There were between 4 to 5 million members by 1925. Special "Ladies Auxillary" was formed, as the KKK itself was a White male social and fraternal organization.

In August of 1925, 40 thousand Klansmen marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. Many Americans were members from all social and economic classes, including politicians and US Presidents. It's believed that five US Presidents were Klansmen. These include: Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Even though Roosevelt was a "Liberal" New Yorker, he supported Segregation in the South for political reasons.


3rd Era - Late 1920's to mid 1930's
Dr. Samuel Green
Title of "Imperial Wizard"

Late 1920's saw a dramatic decline in Klan membership due to several publicized scandals, especially in Indiana. David C. Stephenson was convicted of 2nd degree murder in Indiana. The Great Depression of 1929 and the hard years of 1930 to 1933 also caused membership to fall.


4th Era - Late 1930's to approximately 1945
Hiram Wesley Evans
Title of "Imperial Wizard"

The KKK was investigated during the 1920's and early 1930's by the US Congress. Eventually the National Office of the KKK was "closed down" in the early 1940's and assets sold off to pay "owed income taxes". During this period a number of states passed "Mask Laws" against public Klan activities. During the 1930's some members of the KKK formed an "alliance of sorts" with the German-American Bund (an American National Socialist organization). Klan membership declined due to the closing of the National Office and the fact that many White men served in the US Armed Forces during World War II.

After WWII, President Harry S. Truman issued an Executive Order "integrating" the US Armed Forces. Before this, Whites and niggers were "segregated" in US Armed Forces. The 1950's and 1960's were referred to as the years of the "Civil Rights Movement for niggers in the Old South". The Z.O.G. (Zionist Occupation Government) in Washington, DC. passed laws which were upheld by the "jew infested" US Supreme Court against Southern Whites, in favor of niggers.

Segregation (meaning racial separation between Whites and niggers) was always the "Law" in an area where slavery was legal. After the end of the Civil War when the 13th and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution freed slaves granting them citizenship and voting rights, Southern Whites were "determined" to regain economic and political control. The KKK was the "leading" group that accomplished this. Therefore in the 1950's and 1960's, a number of "smaller", state-wide Klans sprang up in the "Old South" determined to "maintain the status quo of Racial Segregation".

In 1896, the US Supreme Court ruled in Plessy vs. Ferguson that "separate, but equal" policy regarding the races was "legal".

Some of these later Klan groups were headed by an Imperial Wizard, but most were small, headed by a Grand Dragon. One of the best known was Robert Shelton who headed the Mississippi White Knights of the KKK.

"Desegregation" and "special privileges" for niggers, gooks, muds and faggots became the "Law of the Land". The Klan was "infiltrated" by FBI informants and a number of Klansmen were arrested, tried in federal court, found guilty of "Hate Crimes and Civil Rights Violations" and were imprisoned. Morris Dees and his South Poverty Law Center have been effective in "destroying" several White Organizations through "civil lawsuits".


5th Era - 1970's into the 1980's
David Duke
Title of "Grand Wizard"
of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Inc.

Duke started the "Media Klan", where business suits commonly replaced traditional robes and hoods. This was an attempt to make the KKK more "politically correct". In the mid-1970's Duke left the Klan to run for public office in Louisiana. He was then succeeded by Don Black who had legal problems in the late 1970's and now is the editor of "Stormfront". Black was succeeded by Stanley McKellum (served a short term). Thomas Robb of Michigan succeeded McKellum by the early 1980's. Robb is still Grand Wizard of the KKKK, now with headquarters in Harrison, AR.

NOT all Klans "responded to this favorably"! A number wanted to be the "traditional" KKK of the 1920's and 1930's when members believed in "God, Race and Country" and "political correctness be damned"! Pastor Bob Miles was a Michigan Klan Leader between the 4th and 5th Eras. He was a "mentor" to Ed Novak, giving him the idea and name for the FOK (Federation of Klans). Late in 1993 or early 1994, dissatisfied members of the KKKK left, asking Novak to form and the be Imperial Wizard of the FOK. This Klan organization lasted about three years before it was disbanded.

6th Era - 1996 to 2008
Ronald Edwards
Title of "Imperial Wizard"
of the IKA (Imperial Klans of America)

Ron Edwards founded the IKA in the Fall of 1996, going public in 1997. The IKA is the largest Klan organization in America today, with members throughout the US, as well as Europe, Australia, and South Africa.

The IKA is a "traditional" Klan with a focus on the 21st Century. We are a paramilitary organization with ties to Skinhead and National Socialist groups. We are a LAW ABIDING ORGANIZATION.

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