Research Question: What were the consequences of alliances between politicians and the Ku Klux Klan between 1866 and the 1920s?
Abstract: Once the Puritans came to America, the concept of America’s exceptionalism, paternalism, and nationalism was born. The idea of the world’s adoption of American morale through political and social elements rises at the question of what flaws America has in order to hold accountable the phrase “A City Upon a Hill." The relationship with the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacy group, founded on Puritan (a form of Protestantism) beliefs, and politicians show the failure of America’s concept of democracy.
Literature Review: Throughout 1866 to the 1920s, the expansion in the United States economy caused by the beginning of the consumerist culture and paradigm shifted by global affairs lead to the rise of a white nationalist, supremacist, and anti-immigration group, the Ku Klux Klan. The failure of governance caused the Ku Klux Klan’s rise. American democracy’s decline was due to the deception of citizens. White voter's fear of a decline in the American hierarchy and black retribution was the opportunity the Ku Klux Klan exploited to gain power as an enforcer to prevent radical change to the treatment of black Americans during 1865. The reemergence of the Klan during the 1920s, up to three to five million people joined because of the influx of immigration which triggered whites' impulse to protect their power in America. The first Klan’s goal was to oppose the federal government’s reform for black’s integration in America as equal through rights and scaring blacks from seeking those rights. Similarly, the Klan’s objective during the 1920s was to institutionalize racism in the federal government through their association with politicians, that strategically put the organization in backstage politics, however, it did not where the public did not capture the deterioration of the democracy...
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