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Prominent Ku Klux Klan Members

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    He was a United States Senator from West Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, Byrd served as a Senator from 1959 to 2010 and was the longest-serving senator and the longest-serving member in the...
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  • Walter Frederick Bossert (1885 - 1946)
    Walter Frederick Bossert (27 April 1885 - 14 January 1946) was Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan for Indiana and 17 other states, from 1924 to 1926. Biography Bossert was born and attended school in...
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This category contains people whose past or present membership in the Ku Klux Klan has been self-proclaimed or reported by a reliable information source.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan

Ku Klux Klan

The Ku Klux Klan (KKK), or simply "the Klan", is the name of three distinct movements in the United States. The first began violence against African Americans in the South during the Reconstruction Era of the 1860s, and was disbanded by 1869. The second was a very large, controversial, nationwide organization in the 1920s. The current manifestation consists of numerous small unconnected groups that use the KKK name. They have all emphasized racism, secrecy and distinctive costumes. All have called for purification of American society, and all are considered part of right-wing extremism.

The current manifestation is classified as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. It is estimated to have between 5,000 and 8,000 members as of 2012.

The first Ku Klux Klan flourished in the Southern United States in the late 1860s, then died out by the early 1870s. Members made their own, often colorful, costumes: robes, masks, and conical hats, designed to be outlandish and terrifying, and to hide their identities. The second KKK flourished nationwide in the early and mid-1920s, and adopted a standard white costume (sales of which together with initiation fees financed the movement) and code words as the first Klan, while adding cross burnings and mass parades. The third KKK emerged after 1950 and was associated with opposing the Civil Rights Movement and progress among minorities. The second and third incarnations of the Ku Klux Klan made frequent reference to the America's "Anglo-Saxon" blood, harking back to 19th-century nativism. Though most members of the KKK saw themselves as holding to American values and Christian morality, virtually every Christian denomination officially denounced the Ku Klux Klan.

Leaders of the Ku Klux Klan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaders_of_the_Ku_Klux_Klan

Ku Klux Klan members in United States politics

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan_members_in_United_States_politics

See also

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan#See_also