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What were the aims of the Ku Klux Klan when it first formed?
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The KKK was formed in the Reconstruction Era after the American Civil War. Its main goal was to weaken the Reconstruction governments and retain power for the Southerners who had been in favor of the Confederacy.
During Reconstruction, the North imposed governments on the South. These governments were supposed to remake the South, bringing, among other things, racial equality. The Southerners who had been in power before the Civil War did not want this. They wanted to get power back for themselves. Some of these men were the ones who created the KKK. The KKK used violence and terror against supporters of the Reconstruction governments to weaken those governments.
Posted by pohnpei397 on July 31, 2012 at 1:54 PM (Answer #1)
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