Definition of Ku Klux Klan
1 : a violent secret fraternal society founded in 1915 in Georgia to maintain white Protestant cultural and political power also : any one of more than 20 hate (see hate entry 1 sense 1c) groups that associate themselves with the Ku Klux Klan
2 : a violent post-Civil War secret society founded in Tennessee in 1866 to upend the Black political and social power that was being established during Reconstruction
Note: This Ku Klux Klan had largely dissolved by the end of the 1870s.
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