KKK (Ku Klux Klan) Information
Scope and History:The Ku Klux Klan was founded in 1865 in Pulaski, Tennessee. Started by a small group of confederate veterans, the Klan quickley attracted whites who feared the new social order that came with the end of slavery and the new social poitions of blacks. Unable to come to grips with the new realities of the post-Civil War South, Kan members resorted to a compaign of terror and violence against former slaves.
In the 1920's, the Klan boasted a membership of several million. While today's Klan has lost much of its appeal and its membership has dropped to less than 15,000, the Klan still attracts support in many areas of the United States, beyond its traditional Strongholds in the south.
Klan Groups Currently Active Include:
- AMERICAN KLAN KNIGHTS OF THE KU KLUX KLAN - Based in Modesto, California, with Affiliates in Oregon and Washington State.
- AMERICAN KLAN KNIGHTS OF THE KU KLUX KLAN - Based in Modesto, California, with affiliates in Oregon and Washington state.
- AMERICA'S INVISIBLE EMPIRE KNIGHTS - Based in Hartselle, Alabama, with affiliates in Florida and Georgia.
- ARYAN CHRISTIAN KNIGHTS - Based in Brown's Summit, North Carolina, with affiliates in Virginia. Leader Clyde Jones operates a Christian " Bookstore and has been involved in the Christian Identity movement.
- CHRISTIAN KNIGHTS OF THE KU KLUX KLAN - Based in Mount Holly, North Carolina, with affiliates in South Carolina and other southern states.
- CONFEDERATE KNIGHTS OF THE KU KLUX KLAN - Based in Henderson, North Carolina, with affiliates in Kentucky and Virginia.
- FEDERATION OF KLANS - Based in Chicago, Illinois, and known to be active in Alabama, Colorado, Kentuckyand'liennessee.
- KEYSTONE KNIGHTS OF THE KU KLUX KLAN - Based in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, with affiliates in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina and West Virginia.
- KNIGHTS OF THE KU KLUX KLAN - During the early 1990s, this was the largest Klan group with branches in nearly 30 states. Still active in California, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.
- KNIGHTS OF THE KU KLUX KLAN - An offshoot of the Arkansas-based Knights of the Ku Klux Klan which began as a result of a falling-out with leader Thom Robb. Based in Indiana, the Knights have built substantial membership in Ohio, Michigan, and California.
- TEMPLAR KNIGHTS OF THE KU KLUX KLAN - Based in Port St. Lucie, Florida, with an affiliate in Kentucky.
- Various other "independent" Klaus dot the American landscape, with many based in Alabama, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.