32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children

32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children

Jacob Miller - August 10, 2017

The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is the name of three different right-wing extremist movements in the United States that have advocated extremist positions such as white supremacy, white nationalism, anti-immigration, anti-Catholicism, and anti-Semitism. Historically, the KKK used terrorism against groups or individuals whom they opposed. The movements called for the ‘purification’ of American society.

The first Klan came to be in the Southern United States in the late 1960s. This Klan sought to overthrow the Republican state governments in the South during the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War by using violence against African American leaders. The KKK was suppressed around 1871 through federal law enforcement.

The second coming of the KKK came in 1915 and spread nationwide in the early and mid-1920s. This Klan was rooted in local Protestant communities and opposed Catholics and Jews. This edition stressed its opposition to the Catholic Church during a time of high immigration from mostly Catholic nations of southern and eastern Europe. This organization adopted the white costume and started burning crosses and parading as intimidation.

The third and current incarnation of the KKK emerged after 1950 and they focused on opposition to the Civil Rights Movement, often using violence and murder to suppress activists. It is classified as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Klan currently has between 3,000-6,000 members.

32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
A mother looks on as her seven-month-old child is baptized into the Klan. Long Island, New York. July 4, 1927. Bettmann: Getty Images
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
Two children — in the original caption, labeled as mascots of the Ku Klux Klan — stand with the Grand Dragon. Atlanta, Georgia. July 1948. Library of Congress
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
A young girl in robes drinks a Coca-Cola while she and her mother watch a Ku Klux Klan rally. Location unspecified. August 1925. Library of Congress
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
A child is initiated into the Ku Klux Klan. Macon, Georgia. January 1946. Keystone-France: Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
A group of Klan members lead their children through a parade. Location unspecified. Circa 1912-1930. All that is Interesting
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
Shelby Pendergraft, 15, and Charity Pendergraft, 17, attend a cross lighting ceremony at the Christian Revival Center. Bergman, Arkansas. 2008. Barcroft USA: Getty Images
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
This unidentified Klan woman gets her son dressed up in KKK robes and hat. Getty Image
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
A young girl holds her father’s hand as he marches down the street in a Klan parade. Atlanta, Georgia. June 5, 1967. Bettmann: Getty Images
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
A group of women, one holding her child in Klan robes, are among the 125 people who showed up to be initiated into the Klan. Atlanta, Georgia. June 1949. Bettmann: Getty Images
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
Seven-year-old Perry Blevens sticks his head out the car window, showing off the sign that calls for no integration. Gwinett County, Georgia. April 14, 1956. Bettmann: Getty Images
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
A mother and her child hold hands as they watch a cross burn. Georgia. April 27, 1956, Bettmann: Getty Images
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
A young girl clutches her doll in one hand as her father wraps his arm around her and her brother. Port St. Lucie, Florida. Date unspecified. Evan Hurd:Sygma:Sygma via Getty Images
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
Ku Klux Klan members parade past the U.S. Treasury building in Washington, D.C. in 1925. AP Photo
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
Louisiana KKK leader David Duke and his wife Choe arrive at the Destrehan, La., High School where they placed flowers near the flag pole, Oct. 9, 1974. A 13-year-old boy died following racial unrest and a shooting at the school. AP Photo
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
Unit of the KKK, as they appeared on the auditorium stage of the Bargaintown, New Jersey, Klavern to welcome 6,000 South Jersey Klansmen to the annual rally held Sept. 21, 1929. Senator J. Thomas Helfin of Alabama was the principal speaker. Flashback

32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
The scene at the German-American Bund camp, Camp Nordland, at Andover, N.J., August 9, 1940, as the New Jersey Realm of the Ku Klux Klan burned a large cross during a rally. Flashback
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
KKK parading through the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma, September 21, 1923, while the former Sheriff Bill McCullough, whose efforts to stop the parade were fruitless, can be seen left of the hooded horse. Uniformed police march alongside. Flashback
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
Dr. Samuel Green, center, Georgia Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, in opposing President Truman’s Civil Rights Program, speaks at a Klan demonstration in Wrightsville, Ga., March 2, 1948. Flashback
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
David Duke as he arrives at his Metairie, Louisiana campaign headquarters, February 18, 1989. Duke, a former KKK Grand Wizard running as a Republican, squeezed out a 224-vote victory over David Treen for a seat in the Louisiana Legislature. AP Photo
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, attired in his Klan robes, poses in front of the House of Parliament in London, March 7, 1978. AP Photo
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
KKK leader David Duke arrives at a roadside meeting with the newsmen in Dulzura, California to detail how Klansmen are dispersed along the border looking for illegal aliens entering the country. Oct. 26, 1977
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
Two young boys raise their arms as a white power shirt is held in front of them during a rally near Benson, North Carolina on April 20, 1980. AP Photo
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
A man attired in white robes leaves the Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C., Sept. 10, 1947, after being ordered away by police who escorted him from in front of the Un-American Activities Committee room. AP Photo
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
A hangman’s noose dangling from an automobile driven by a hooded Klansmen is among the warnings to blacks to stay away from the voting place in the municipal primary election in Miami, Fla. on May 3, 1939. AP Photo
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
A Klan member hands out pamphlets to the children and their parents watching their rally. Tabor City, North Carolina. August 15, 1951. Hank Walker: The LIFE Picture Collection: Getty Images
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
Nearby, women in the Klan have to cover their eyes, blinded by the smoke of the burning cross. Georgia. April 27, 1956, Bettmann: Getty Images
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
Klansmen and their children turn a rally into a vacation and take some time sightseeing in the nation’s capital. Washington, D.C. August 1925. Library of Congress
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
A mother wipes the dirt off her child’s face at a Ku Klux Klan gathering. Indiana. Circa 1980-1989. David Turnley: Corbis: VCG via Getty Images
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
Young boys help their fathers set up a cross to be burned. Jackson County, Ohio. 1987. Paul M. Walsh: Wikimedia Commons
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
A young girl in robes poses for a photograph in front of the Klan flag while her mother looks on. Location uncertain. Circa 1990-1999. Eric-Paul-Pierre PASQUIER: Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
32 Chilling Images of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Children
Members of Ku Klux Klan posing with Santa Claus, Klan Claus, and child. Port St. Lucie, Florida. Date unspecified. Evan Hurd:Sygma:Sygma via Getty Images

 

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