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Six C.S.A. veterans in Pulaski, Tennessee found the first chapter of the Klu Klux Klan.

Giles County, Tennessee, 1857
12/24/1865
Six former Confederate soldiers founded a secret "circle" they called Klu Klux, largely as secret social club for C.S.A. veterans in Pulaski, Tennessee.  Located in a county with a large black population, the club began pranks aimed at African-Americans, featuring their distinctive "ghost of dead Confederates" costumes.  As the organization spread and became the Klu Klux Klan, these activities quickly became a deadly political resistance to change in the South and a home to white supremacist terrorists.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"Early Klu Klux Klan Movement," in Stephen E Atkins (ed.), Encyclopedia of Right-Wing Extremism In Modern American History (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2011), 3-6.

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