Discover how the Ku Klux Klan flourished in North Carolina in the 1960s until federal and state investigations cracked down on the organization, in this video adapted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Klansville U.S.A. Large numbers of whites joined the Klan in the 1960s because they felt threatened by the Civil Rights movement. The 1965 murder of Viola Liuzzo, a white housewife, mother, and civil rights activist, by Alabama Klansmen, was one factor that pushed Congress to actively oppose the Klan. Ultimately, the North Carolina Klan was unable to reach its goals of maintaining legal segregation and building political influence. This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.
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