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Ku Klux Klan Its Origin, Growth and Disbandment   By:

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Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent hyphenation in the original document has been preserved. The pages in Appendix I and II are preserved as printed, with latin headers and page numbers marked like so: [Header: 'text' 'page number'], and latin footers like so: [Footer: 'text'.] A compiled version is included at the end for the benefit of the reader. Many of the illustrations are facsimiles, so have bleedthrough in the original images. Also the first image is missing in the original.

KU KLUX KLAN

ITS ORIGIN, GROWTH AND DISBANDMENT

BY

J.C. LESTER AND D.L. WILSON

WITH APPENDICES CONTAINING THE PRESCRIPTS OF THE KU KLUX KLAN, SPECIMEN ORDERS AND WARNINGS

WITH INTRODUCTION AND NOTES BY WALTER L. FLEMING, PH. D.

Professor of History in West Virginia University; Author of "Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama."

NOTE OF ACKNOWLEDGMENT.

Assistance was given to me while searching for information in regard to Ku Klux Klan, by many former members of the order, and by their friends and relatives. Of especial value were the details given to me by Major James R. Crowe, of Sheffield, Alabama; the late Ryland Randolph, Esq., and his son, Ryland Randolph, Jr., of Birmingham, Alabama; Judge Z.T. Ewing, of Pulaski, Tennessee; Miss Cora R. Jones, of Birmingham, Alabama, niece of one of the founders of the Klan; Mr. Lacy H. Wilson, of Bristol, Tennessee, the son of one of the authors of the History printed within, Major S.A. Cunningham and Mr. A.V. Goodpasture, of Nashville, and Dr. John A. Wyeth, of New York City.

There is still much that is obscure about Ku Klux Klan and I shall be glad to obtain additional information in regard to the order, and also to receive notice of mistakes and errors in this account.

W.L.F.

CONTENTS

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INTRODUCTION. BY WALTER L. FLEMING. 13

KU KLUX KLAN.

BY J.C. LESTER AND D.L. WILSON.

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Chapter I. The Origin 47

Chapter II. The Spread of the Klan 68

Chapter III. The Transformation 83

Chapter IV. The Decline 100

Chapter V. Disbandment 125

APPENDICES.

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Appendix I. Prescript of Ku Klux Klan 133

Appendix II. Revised and Amended Prescript of Ku Klux Klan 151

Appendix III. Constitution of a Local Order 177

Appendix IV. Ku Klux Orders, Warnings, and Oaths 187

Index 199

ILLUSTRATIONS

1. Badge worn by high officials of the Klan. See outside cover.

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2. Some Klansmen 19

3. General Nathan Bedford Forrest, Grand Wizard 28

4. General John B. Gordon 33

5. Room in which the Klan was organized 53

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