The important information that is included in the study of the Ku Klux Klan is the mission and vision, the activities related to the organization and the effects that the group had brought about to the society.
The Ku Klux Klan is one of the terrorist organizations in the United States that is known for its activities in the domestic arena. Although this is the case the said group is still considered as one of the most dangerous groups in the U.S. Basically, the main targets of antagonistic acts of the group are of different races and religious beliefs such as the African Americans, Jews, and Roman Catholics. Also included in the distinct characteristics of the group are the conical masks and white robes while performing different types of acts which include violence and terrorist acts (Chalmers, 1987. MacLean, 1994. Trelease, 1995).
The organization was formed in December 1865 by former Confederate officers thus starting the long history of the Ku Klux Klan. The said group started as a form of getting together between friends and soon developed into a group with their own secret codes and rites to exhibit loyalty with each other. The name of the organization was a creative shot from the Greek word kyklos which means circle thus referring to their close relationship and participation to the group. The wearing of the costumes became part of the Ku Klux Klan when the superstitious Negroes became afraid (Time, 1965).
One of the main objectives of the founders of the first Klan who formerly belonged to the Confederate Army is to be able to have white supremacy as the main result of the American Civil War. The ends that the organization wanted became harder to be achieved due to the different social and political problems of the era. The resistance of the group for Reconstruction forced them to turn to another direction and apply violence to be able to achieve the perceived goals. . During the time of unrest, the chaos brought about by the Klan was considered as one of the reasons used to justify occupation. .