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The Start of the Ku Klux Klan



The Start of the Ku Klux Klan
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.87

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     challenging words:    banned, bribery, kuklos, reappear, mainly, violent, social, whatever, stayed, several, possible, defend, against, government, tests, court
     content words:    Civil War, Ku Klux Klan, President Grant


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The Start of the Ku Klux Klan
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     Blacks gained more rights after the Civil War. But blacks and whites were still not equal. Groups were forming to fight back against some of the rights that blacks had gained after the Civil War.
 
2     One of these groups was the Ku Klux Klan or KKK. This group was formed by six men in Tennessee. It was 1866. The name came from the Greek word "kuklos," which means circle.
 
3     At first, the group was supposed to be just a social group. Soon it turned to more violent actions. At first the actions were almost like practical jokes. Later the group became deadly.
 
4     The KKK wanted to defend whites against blacks. It saw the white race as the better race. The rights that blacks had gained after the Civil War made members of the group angry. The KKK was their way of fighting back.

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