"KKK in the Civil Rights Era" (Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources)
"Organized Resistance to Racial Laws Grows"
By: John N. Popham
Date: December 2, 1956
Source: The New York Times.
About the Author: John N. Popham was hired by the New York Times in 1947 to work in Chattanooga, Tennessee, near the offices of the Chattanooga Times. Popham reported on the important social changes that were occurring in the region during the late 1940s and 1950s. Popham quickly established himself as a reliable and unbiased journalist, with an expertise concerning political and social events brewing in the southern states. Popham continued to work at the New York Times until 1958, when he left to become the executive editor of the Chattanooga Times.
The Ku Klux Klan (KKK, or the Klan) is a secret white supremacist, terrorist organization that was created in the winter of 1865866 during the beginning of Reconstruction following the United States Civil War. Its goal was to terrorize Southern blacks and white Northerners who replaced white Southerners in powerful positions of business and government.
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