The Ku Klux Klan was founded after the Civil War by former Confederate soldiers to fight against the reforms imposed by the North during Reconstruction. It had a huge national resurgence in the 1920s on a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment, largely fueled by bigotry against Jews, Catholics and blacks.
The Klan gained prominence again in the 1950s and 1960s, infamously employing murder and terror in its efforts to counter the Civil Rights movement. Since then, the KKK, which the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as as “American racist terrorist organization,” has been weakened and now exists as a loose grouping of individual chapters, still espousing a doctrine of racial hatred.
Anonymous claimed it would reveal the identity of 1,000 KKK members after gaining the information through a compromised Twitter account associated with the group.
CAUTION: A group claiming ties to Anonymous has identified several politicians as members of the Ku Klux Klan, but those politicians and another group claiming ties to Anonymous say the so-called outings are wrong. Historic City News has republished the material that was leaked to the media for informational purposes only, and makes no representation that any person, living or dead, listed herein, is in any way affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan or any other organization.
Listing of individual names removed April 27, 2018.