W.A.S.P W = White A = Anglo S = Saxon P = Protestant
KKK Formed in Pulaski, Tennessee in 1865. A white underground terrorist group Most of the leaders were former members of the _________________ Army and the first Grand Wizard was ___________________, a general during the American Civil War. They wanted revenge for the defeat of the South
KKK The group adopted the name Ku Klux Klan from the Greek word __________, meaning circle, and the English word clan.
KKK They became known as the Invisible Empire as it grew and spread rapidly
KKK Many important __________________, officials and even __________________________ supported them Their main objective was to ensure white ____________________. It was a campaign of terror: they stole and destroyed black crops; stopped them from voting; threats of violence and murder It was outlawed in _______________, but it emerged again in the early 20 th Century and is still active today
Lynching When black people were accused of crimes (most were innocent) and were hanged and burned. Often the _________________ turned a blind eye to these illegal actions. – In some cases they directly or indirectly helped the people commit these crimes. – In small communities, the perpetrators were known and protected by them