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The Ku Klux Klan, with its mystique and its long history of violence, is the most infamous -- and oldest -- of American hate groups. Although blacks have typically been the Klan's primary target, it also has attacked Jews, immigrants, homosexuals and, until recently, Catholics. Over the years since it was formed in December 1865, the Klan has typically seen itself as a Christian organization, although in modern times Klan groups are motivated by a variety of theological and political ideologies.

Started during Reconstruction at the end of the Civil War, the Klan quickly mobilized as a vigilante group to intimidate Southern blacks -- and any whites who would help them -- and to prevent them from enjoying basic civil rights. Outlandish titles (like Imperial Wizard and Exalted Cyclops), hooded costumes, violent "night rides" and the notion that the group comprised an "invisible empire" conferred a mystique that only added to the Klan's popularity. Lynchings, tar-and-featherings, rape and other violent attacks on those challenging white supremacy became a hallmark of the Klan.

After a short but violent period, the "first era" Klan disbanded after Jim Crow laws secured the domination of Southern whites. But the Klan enjoyed a huge revival in the 1920s when it opposed (mainly Catholic and Jewish) immigration. By 1925, when its followers staged a huge Washington, D.C., march, the Klan had as many as 5 million members and, in some states, considerable political power. But a series of sex scandals, internal battles over power and newspaper exposés quickly reduced its influence.

The Klan arose a third time during the 1960s to oppose the civil rights movement and to preserve segregation in the face of unfavorable court rulings. The Klan's bombings, murders and other attacks took a great many lives including, among others, four young girls killed while preparing for services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

Since the 1970s the Klan has been greatly weakened by internal conflicts, court cases, a seemingly endless series of splits and government infiltration. While some factions have preserved an openly racist and militant approach, others have tried to enter the mainstream, cloaking their racism as mere "civil rights for whites." Today, the Center estimates that there are a total of 5,500 to 6,000 Klan members, split among scores of different -- and often warring -- organizations that use the Klan name.


City Chapter Group



Alabama



· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
· Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Beaverton · Ku Klux Klan LLC
Ku Klux Klan



Grand Bay · Orion Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Red Bay · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Summerdale · World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Thorsby · Aryan Nations Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Wetumpka · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Arizona



Mesa · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Arkansas



· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Compton · Ku Klux Klan LLC
Ku Klux Klan



Concord · Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



East Camden · Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Harrison · Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Heber Springs · Ameriklan
Ku Klux Klan



Malvern · Orion Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Smackover · Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Ward · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Winslow · Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



California



Citrus Heights · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Crescent City · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Newport Beach · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



San Clemente · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Soledad · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Colorado



Olathe · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



District of Columbia



Washington · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Florida



· Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Gainesville · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Gainsville · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Homosassa · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Milton · Aryan Nations Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Naples · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Pensacola · Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Silver Springs · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Georgia



· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Buchanan · Free Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Cordele · American White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Ellijay · Mystic Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Ft. Oglethorpe · North Georgia White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Hiram · Free Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Register · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Savannah · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Illinois



Beardstown · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Litchfield · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



North Riverside · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Prospect Heights · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Troy · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Indiana



Center Point · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Mishiwaka · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Portage · Mystic Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



South Bend · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Iowa



· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
Kansas



· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Kentucky



Dawson Springs · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Leitchfield · U.S. Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Lexington · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Louisville · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
· International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Powderly · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Shepardsville · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Louisiana



· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Calhoun · Aryan Nations Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Denham Springs · Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Homer · Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
· Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Mansfield · Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



St. Amant · Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Walker · Louisiana White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Watson · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Maryland



· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
· Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Sharpsburg · World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Michigan



· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
· Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Fraser · Mystic Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Ironwood · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Kalamazoo · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Mississippi



Fulton · Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Lucedale · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Petal · Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Richton · Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Robinsonville · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Star · Orion Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Missouri



· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Salem · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Sparta · U.S. Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Nebraska



Omaha · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



New Jersey



· National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Gibbsboro · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



New York



· Free Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
· National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
North Carolina



· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Beulaville · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
· World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Elizabethtown · International White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Henderson · Confederate Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Lawndale · Cleveland Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Lincolnton · Southern Realm Invisible Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Inc
Ku Klux Klan



Madison · Free Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Mount Holly · Cleveland Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Raleigh · Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Ohio



· Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Amelia · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Cincinnati · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
· National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Dayton · Mystic Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
· Mystic Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Germantown · U.S. Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Marion · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Springfield · Aryan Knights of the Confederacy
Ku Klux Klan



St. Clairsville · Aryan Nations Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



St. Marys · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Oklahoma



Cement · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Coalgate · Brotherhood of Klans knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Coweta · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Hinton · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Lawton · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Wynnewood · Southern Patriot Organized Order of Knights Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Pennsylvania



· Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Boothwyn · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Johnstown · International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



New Castle · World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



South Carolina



· Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Charleston · Carolina White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Enoree · Invisible Empire of the International Knights
Ku Klux Klan



Tennessee



· Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Bolivar · World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Dandridge · Knights of Yahweh
Ku Klux Klan



Dunlap · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Greenville · Knights of Bedford Forest of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Jonesborough · Cleveland Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Morristown · Knights of Yahweh
Ku Klux Klan



Mountain City · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Nashville · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Newport · Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Ramer · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Springfield · U.S. Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Waynesboro · Mystic Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Texas



Austin · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Blue Ridge · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Cleveland · White Camelia Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Dallas · Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Red Oak · Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



San Angelo · American White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



San Antonio · Texas Knights of the Invisible Empire Inc.
Ku Klux Klan



San Leon · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Somerset · Aryan Nations Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Thorndale · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Vermont



Bomoseen · Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Virginia



· Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Danville · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Delaplane · Mystic Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Harrisonburg · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Martinsville · Rebel Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Virginia Beach · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



West Virginia



· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Daniels · Knight Riders of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Mineral Wells · White Shield Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Wisconsin



Hurley · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Mercer · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan



Westfield · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan

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