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Kuklux

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Kuklux The name adopted in the southern part of the United States by a secret political organization, active for several years after the close of the Civil War, and having for its aim the repression of the political power of the freed negroes; -- called also Kuklux Klan and the Klan. It exerienced a revival in the 1920's, in the north as well as the south, and persists as a weak organization into the 1990's. Its goals were primarily anti-negro and anti-Catholic, and its tactics included terrorist attacks on negroes for the purpose of intimidation with the goal of continuing segregation. The signature activity of the Klan was the burning of a cross, either at rallies of Klansmen, or on the property of African-Americans which they hoped to intimidate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kuklux Same as Kuklux Klan.
    • n kuklux A member of the Kuklux Klan.
    • kuklux To subject to outrage by the methods of the Kuklux Klan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Kuklux kū′kluks a secret organisation in several Southern states after the Civil War of 1861-65, to oppose Northern influence in the South, and to prevent the negroes from enjoying their rights as freemen—crushed by United States forces in 1869.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. kuklos, a circle.

Usage

In literature:

Sixty years afterwards we still suffer from the KuKlux solution of the problem.
"A Social History of The American Negro" by Benjamin Brawley
I heered about de Kuklux but I never did see none.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Tell what work you did and how you lived the first year after the war and what you saw or heard about the KuKlux Klan and the Nightriders.
"Slave Narratives, Administrative Files (A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves)" by Work Projects Administration
The talk of the revival of KuKlux societies to intimidate the Negro; "to keep him in his place," is the graveyard yawp of a dying monster.
"History of the American Negro in the Great World War" by W. Allison Sweeney
They don't belong to the Kuklux that you've read so much about.
"Gabriel Tolliver" by Joel Chandler Harris
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