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The Ku Klux Klan was formed after the Civil War by a group of Confederate Army veterans in Pulaski, Tennessee, around 1866. Nathan Bedford Forrest, a former Confederate General, was the Klan's first leader. The group took its name from the Greek word kyklos, meaning circle, and the English word, clan. Members who believed in the superiority of whites soon began to terrorize blacks to keep them from voting. They also put pressure on any whites, north or south, who attempted to help the newly freed slaves. The violent element of the KKK took control of the organization. Because of all the violence, Bedford left the Klan and ordered it to disband, and Congress passed the Force Bill in 1871 giving the President the authority to use federal troops against the Klan. When Reconstruction ended, that phase of the KKK's disappeared. MrV

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