The Klan itself has had three periods of significant strength in American history — in the late 19th century, in the 1920s, and during the 1950s and early 1960s when the civil rights movement was at its height.
The Klan had resurgence again in the 1970s, but did not reach its past level of influence.
How did the Ku Klux Klan — one of the nation’s first terrorist groups — so instantly seize the South in the aftermath of the Civil War? How could it have risen so rapidly to power in the 1920s and then so rapidly have lost that power?
And why is this ghost of the Civil War still haunting America today with hatred, violence and sometimes death for its enemies and its own members?
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