The Ku Klux Klan was the most famous form of resistance to civil rights legislation in the South. Intimidation kept many blacks from the polls or otherwise speaking out. Since people could be in the Klan anonymously, they acted without any fear of repercussion. In many cases, prominent local citizens were Klan members and even if caught, they knew that local juries would do little to them in court.
The Klan soon became their own worst enemy as the terror grew worse and the protesters looked largely innocent. The FBI took charge of investigations against the Klan and the public joined the side of the protesters after seeing them oppressed in Little Rock and Montgomery. Poll taxes and segregation in general proved to be higher barriers to equality, as these were legally sanctioned and segregated schools were often underfunded when compared to white schools in the same areas. Both poll taxes and segregation were later found to be unconstitutional.
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