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Josephus DanielsHis Life and Times$
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Lee A. Craig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469606958

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469606965_Craig

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. Mexican Sunset

. Mexican Sunset

(p.373) 10. Mexican Sunset
Josephus Daniels

Lee A. Craig

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on a small group of young, reasonably well-heeled Confederate veterans from Pulaski, Tennessee, who created a fraternal organization that took its name from the Greek word kuklos, meaning circle, group, or assembly. Thus the kuklos clan, which soon became the Ku Klux Klan, represented an inane redundancy, meaning literally group group or clan clan. Although the educated young men who founded the Klan might have appreciated the mockery of its double name, such ironies were largely lost on subsequent generations of Klansmen. As one historian of the organization puts it, “The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan have not been noted for their sense of humor.” The original members adopted wild-sounding titles and secret initiation rites and rode through Pulaski and the surrounding countryside in hooded costumes. Justifiably, local blacks—only recently freed from bondage and still uncertain about their new social, political, and economic rights and roles—quickly developed reservations about these nightriders.

Keywords:   Confederate veterans, fraternal organization, kuklos clan, Ku Klux Klan

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