What beliefs of the Ku Klux Klan were inspired by teachings of the bible?

1. Quotes from the bible There are many lines in the bible that encourage people to be kind and loving to each other but there are also verses that clearly state that foreigners should be treated differently to how you would treat fellow countrymen. The Ku Klux Klan s hate for foreigners could have been inspired by the words of the holy bible. 2. Piece of text on how the klan was formed This text states that is was some confederate soldiers who still wanted the south to be independent formed the group to show that they will not cooperate with the industrial north s policies and beliefs. This says that their beliefs were not based on biblical texts but on the will to be an independent Country and go back to their old ways when they had black slaves. 3. Text about the Kloran , the Klan s hand book The Kloran contained verses and books from the bible that were read and sometimes sung during rituals. It also contained information about the roles of different people in the Klan; for example, the white knights or the grand wizard. It also contained information on how to perform the ceremonies and rituals of the Klan. 4. 5.


2. Six well-educated Confederate veterans from Pulaski, Tennessee, created the original Ku Klux Klan on December 24, 1865, during Reconstruction of the South after the Civil War. The name was formed by combining the Greek kyklos ( , circle) with clan. The group was known for a short time as the "Kuklux Clan." The Ku Klux Klan was one among a number of secret, oath-bound organizations using violence, including the Southern Cross in New Orleans (1865), and the Knights of the White Camelia (1867) in Louisiana. Historians generally see the KKK as part of the postwar insurgent violence related not only to the high number of veterans in the population, but also to their effort to control the dramatically changed social situation by using extrajudicial means to restore white supremacy. In 1866, Mississippi Governor William L. Sharkey reported that disorder, lack of control and lawlessness were widespread; in some states armed bands of Confederate soldiers roamed at will. The Klan used public violence against blacks as intimidation. They burned houses, and attacked and killed blacks, leaving their bodies on the roads. In an 1867 meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, Klan members gathered to try to create a hierarchical organization with local chapters eventually reporting up to a national headquarters. They elected Brian A. Scates to be the Leader and President of this organization. Since most of the Klan's members were veterans, they were used to the hierarchical structure of the organization, but the Klan never operated under this centralized structure. Local chapters and bands were highly independent.

Gordon was said to have told former slave trader and Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest about the Klan. sadists. common thieves. and Democratic. wartime guerrilla bands. neighbors with decades-old grudges." The latter is a reference to the Ironclad Oath." Forrest went on to become Grand Wizard. Klansmen. "the reenfranchisement and emancipation of the white men of the South. all they had in common. We can use that to keep the niggers in their place. Forrest stated that the Klan's primary opposition was to the Loyal Leagues. or were called. which stripped the vote from white persons who refused to swear that they had not borne arms against the Union. In an 1868 newspaper interview. local Klan units never accepted the Prescript and continued to operate autonomously. or Klan dogma." Despite Gordon's and Forrest's work. and even a few freedmen and white Republicans who allied with Democratic whites or had criminal agendas of their own. displaced Democratic politicians. the Klan's national leader. There were never hierarchical levels or state headquarters. employers trying to enforce labor discipline. was that they called themselves. southern. rapists. that's a damn good thing. Republican state governments. . as they worked to restore white dominance in the disrupted postwar society. For instance. The historian Elaine Frantz Parsons describes the membership: Lifting the Klan mask revealed a chaotic multitude of antiblack vigilante groups. Indeed. Forrest allegedly responded. people like Tennessee governor Brownlow and other carpetbaggers and scalawags. white workmen fearful of black competition. 3. Klan members used violence to settle old feuds and local grudges. besides being overwhelmingly white. He argued that many southerners believed that blacks were voting for the Republican Party because they were being hoodwinked by the Loyal Leagues. One Alabama newspaper editor declared "The League is nothing more than a nigger Ku Klux Klan. disgruntled poor white farmers. "That's a good thing.Former Confederate Brigadier General George Gordon developed the Prescript. The Prescript suggested elements of white supremacist belief. an applicant should be asked if he was in favor of "a white man's government". coercive moral reformers. and the restitution of the Southern people to all their rights. illegal whiskey distillers.

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