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Ku Klux Klan


After burning a cross on the courthouse lawn, a group of enraged white men who were members of the Ku Klux Klan went out searching for someone to victimize.
Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  initially:  a secret society of white Southerners in the United States formed in the 19th century to resist the emancipation of slaves; used terrorist tactics to suppress African Americans

today:  perhaps 6,000 members in various "white supremacy" hate groups
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The film The Birth of a Nation (1915) and the sensationalized newspaper coverage of the trial, conviction and lynching of Leo Frank of Georgia sparked a Klan revival which peaked in the 1920s with millions of members.
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  • After burning a cross on the courthouse lawn, a group of enraged white men who were members of the Ku Klux Klan went out searching for someone to victimize.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • That was the Ku Klux Klan riding through.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • "Have you never—" said Sherlock Holmes, bending forward and sinking his voice—"have you never heard of the Ku Klux Klan?"
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • A handyman who was a regular at the Mountaineer even sent Liz flowers, and later, sought to impress her by showing off a prized family heirloom: a robe and hood once worn by his grandfather, a former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United

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  • A white Ku Klux Klan headpiece conjured images of hatred and racism in the United States, and yet the same costume carried a meaning of religious faith in Spain.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He wrongly believed that light could kill cell cultures, so his laboratory looked like the photo negative of a Ku Klux Klan rally, where technicians worked in long black robes, heads covered in black hoods with small slits cut for their eyes.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • They are so upset"—Pitty dropped her voice mysteriously—"about the Ku Klux Klan.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • It gripped him: that cross was not the cross of Christ, but the cross of the Ku Klux Klan.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • It was while my home was at Malden that what was known as the "Ku Klux Klan" was in the height of its activity.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • (At her door) Mama, if there are two things we, as a people, have got to overcome, one is the Ku Klux Klan—and the other is Mrs. Johnson.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun

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  • In those days, before my mother told me her Kweilin story, I imagined Joy Luck was a shameful Chinese custom, like the secret gathering of the Ku Klux Klan or the tom-tom dances of TV Indians preparing for war.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • "Did you ever hear of the Ku Klux Klan?" he asked me softly.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • He saw Ku Klux Klan hoods, skeletons, harlequins in garish colors, painted faces.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • A.labama—a former Presidential candidate (in 1912), a former Democratic floor leader in both the House and the Senate, author of the famous tariff bill which bore his name, and a leading Presidential possibility—urged that he say nothing to offend the Ku Klux Klan—then a rising power, particularly in Southern politics.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The one-man British Ku Klux Klan?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Forerunners of the Ku Klux Klan.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • One of the girls, Cindy Thompson, made a special effort to befriend me, but it turned out that what she really wanted was to recruit me for the junior Ku Klux Klan.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • Connor, a sixty-five-year-old former member of the Ku Klux Klan, has enjoyed this battle tremendously and takes great delight in the thought of keeping blacks "in their place."
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Reverend Leon L. Myers — pastor of the Anaheim Christian Church and founder of the local Men’s Bible Club — turned the Ku Klux Klan into one of the most powerful organizations in town.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • HOW IS THE KU KLUX KLAN LIKE A GROUP OF REAL-ESTATE AGENTS?
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • As institutions go, the Ku Klux Klan has had a markedly up-and-down history.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • I didn’t know the Ku Klux Klan from Cracker Jacks, but our black customers slipped out and dashed into their homes as soon as they caught sight of them.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • The Ku Klux Klan lay largely dormant until 1915, when D. W. Griffith’s film The Birth of a Nation (originally titled The Clansman) helped spark its rebirth.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Bear in mind that these figures represent not only lynchings attributed to the Ku Klux Klan but the total number of reported lynchings.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • But if the Ku Klux Klan of the 1940s wasn’t uniformly violent, what was it?
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • The Ku Klux Klan—much like politicians or real-estate agents or stockbrokers—was a group whose power was derived in large part from the fact that it hoarded information.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • What drove Kennedy was a hatred of small-mindedness, ignorance, obstructionism, and intimidation—which, in his view, were displayed by no organization more proudly than the Ku Klux Klan.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • White racists—whether or not they belonged to the Ku Klux Klan—had through their actions and their rhetoric developed a strong incentive scheme that was terribly clear and terribly frightening.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • In 1958, with the backing of the Ku Klux Klan, he defeated George Wallace for governor.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The film quoted a line from A History of the American People, written by a renowned historian: At last there had sprung into existence a great Ku Klux Klan, a veritable empire of the South, to protect the Southern country.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • It was a typical small southern town, conservative and white, and not too far removed in temperament from the next town over, Stone Mountain, a longtime headquarters of sorts for the Ku Klux Klan and the site of cross burnings as recently as the late 1980s.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • I decided to keep my misadventure secret, that I would tell no one that I had been unwittingly an agent for pro—Ku Klux Klan literature.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Those sheets eventually gave rise to the white hooded cloaks of the Ku Klux Klan.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Not just the Ku Klux Klan but the regular white folks in town would’ve killed him.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Terrorist groups like the Ku Klux Klan cloaked themselves in the symbols of the Confederate South to intimidate and victimize thou— sands of black people.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Let others go to jail for speaking their minds and get themselves hanged for being in the Ku Klux Klan.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The fear created by commercial experts may not quite rival the fear created by terrorists like the Ku Klux Klan, but the principle is the same.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • During the heyday of the Ku Klux Klan, its members took pride in publicly disparaging anybody who wasn’t a conservative white Christian.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Yes, the Klan was a secret society, reveling in passwords and cloak-and-dagger ploys, but its real power lay in the very public fear that it fostered, exemplified by the open secret that the Ku Klux Klan and the law-enforcement establishment were brothers in arms.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • But they also said Lacks Town was only about twelve miles from the local Lynch Tree, and that the Ku Klux Klan held meetings on a school baseball field less than ten miles from Clover’s Main Street until well into the 1980s.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • As Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, he was able to compile a mailing list of thousands of rank-and-file Klansmen and other supporters who would eventually become his political base.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • It was the large number of outrages on women and the ever-present fear for the safety of their wives and daughters that drove Southern men to cold and trembling fury and caused the Ku Klux Klan to spring up overnight.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The two previous chapters were built around a pair of admittedly freakish questions: What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? and How is the Ku Klux Klan like a group of real-estate agents?
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • The children attending church this Sunday morning cannot possibly know that four members of the Ku Klux Klan have planted a box of dynamite near the basement.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • The secand is the absence of a correlation between lynchings and Klan membership: there were actually more lynchings of blacks between 1900 and 1909, when the Klan was dormant, than during the 1920s, when the Klan had millions of members—which suggests that the Ku Klux Klan carried out far fewer lynchings than is generally thought.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant spelled out for the House of Representatives the true aims of the Ku Klux Klan: "By force and terror, to prevent all political action not in accord with the views of the members, to deprive colored citizens of the right to bear arms and of the right of a free ballot, to suppress the schools in which colored children were taught, and to reduce the colored people to a condition closely allied to that of slavery."
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • ) To be sure, there are differences between exposing the Ku Klux Klan and exposing insurance companies’ high premiums.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Well, the paper you’re selling preaches the Ku Klux Klan doctrines," he said.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • "Here it is," said he presently: " ’Ku Klux Klan.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • ( Just as a Major League shortstop probably played Little League and just as a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan probably started out as a lowly spear-carrier, a drug lord typically began by selling drugs on a street corner.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
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