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Ku Klux Klan, a macabre social experiment
In December 1865, eight months after the surrender of the South, six young people in the Pulaski village, near Nashville, Tennessee, decided to banish the boredom by organizing a club. All were veterans of the Confederate Army, and some had followed courses at prestigious colleges where fraternities were often encountered. Imitating ironicaly the name of these fraternities – Beta, Delta or whatever other names they had – decided that their group to be called the Ku Klux Klan.

They met in secret and had established various elaborate ceremonies. The clan members disguised in improvised costumes: a sheet that covered their body, fanciful masks to hide their face and a kind of sharp hat that increased their stature. Their leaders were known as the Grand Cyclops. Read on »