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1866 KKK organized by Nathan Bedford Forrest

Matt Y.
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Ku Klux Klan attack on an African American family, 1879 (Image Quest)

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1980: A Ku Klux Klan rally in Frederick, Maryland. (Image Quest)



TASK I:
Write a journal/newspaper style article in which you take a neutral stance (as a reporter) and give the facts about the actual event. What led up to the event? What happened during the actual event? Did it have an “end” or is it unresolved? You are to write about this event when it happened, you are assuming the role of a reporter in 1850, 1920, etc., not someone looking back from 2011. You need to cite your sources, and they must include information only available during that time period. At least one source must be primary and/or an eyewitness account. Important - This work will be submitted to TurnItIn.com. We will provide you information about using this helpful resource!

Forrest Named Grand Wizard of Klan
Tennessee Men go to extreme measures for the democratic party.
Published by: Matt Young

Multiple States have a group of democratic extremists but 6 in Tennessee take it to the streets with The Ku Klux Klan. But within one year Nathan Bedford Forrest became the Grand Wizard and overall leader of the KKK. Forrest was a Confederate General and leader.
The Grand Wizard is the most high position that you can achieve in the KKK. WE have recently identified Forrest in this position during one of his attacks he went on within the past month. This is not unnatural for the KKK to go burn slave houses and leave unease in the town.
Forrest was a Civil War General for the Confederate forces. He led the Third Regiment of Tennessee in the attempted escape at Fort Donelson which ended in his retreat. He agreed with a former slave trader about ho the KKK is good and needed. Forrest is now in charge and wanting to bring back the Democratic South

Task 1: Mastery Rubric
A quality news article will:
•open with an attention-grabbing headline
•identify the author's name and the date of the publication (in the past)
develop the 5 W's in three power paragraphs
•paragraph 1: contain an interesting lead
paragraph 2: correctly cite a secondary source (an indirect quote)
•paragraph 3: correctly cite a primary source (eyewitness account)
•maintain appropriate journalistic voice
•read like an article written in the same time period as the event occurred
•be free of mechanics and Works Cited errors
TASK II
What is the Argument?




PROMPT 1: Why did the majority of Americans not recognize the rights of members of this group?

Before the Civil War blacks were not seen as persons, especially not persons with rights. The Ku Klux Klan was created by Confederate soldiers who were looking to keep southern America as it was before the war. Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first Grandwizard, specifically was one of the most brutal cavalry generals in the war. As Forrest said, “The river was dyed with the blood of the slaughtered for two hundred yards. It is hoped that these facts will demonstrate to the Northern people that Negro soldiers cannot cope with southerners” (Forrest). As Grandwizard he had beliefs that blacks weren’t persons and don’t have rights because they are inferior. Forrest in particular had no mercy towards blacks and their supporters, “Despite surrendering to Forrest, the Union army was massacred” (ABC-Clio). As a creator of the KKK Forrest limited blacks rights through violent acts against them because of their lack of person-hood.

Newton, Michael, and Judy Ann Newton. The Ku Klux Klan, An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland Science, 1991. 206. Print.


PROMPT 2: How did advocates for the minority group shed light on this injustice?

It was very hard for the black peoples to shed light on the KKK and the attacks that were performed against them. Most blacks went north to try and avoid attacks by the KKK. “one of the ugliest racial incidents in the Civil War” (ABC-CLIO). They went north for support and protection and also to get away from the KKK who was mainly located in the south with few followers located in the north. “Confederate artillery fire forced it aground, causing the crew to flee” (Piecuch). Blacks were attacked by the KKK to keep southern america how it was but the only way for blacks to avoid this was to move.

Piecuch,Jim. "Forrest's Johnsonville Raid:American Civil War." World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society.
ABC-CLIO, 2011. Web. 29 Sept. 2011.

"Fort Pillow Massacre of Union soldiers." Image. Library of Congress. World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society.
ABC-CLIO, 2011. Web. 29 Sept. 2011.

TASK III:
Not Ready To Make Nice
Dixie Chicks

Forgive, sounds good
Forget, I’m not sure I could
They say time heals everything
But I’m still waiting

I’m through with doubt
There’s nothing left for me to figure out
I’ve paid a price
And I’ll keep paying

I’m not ready to make nice
I’m not ready to back down
I’m still mad as hell and
I don’t have time to go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right
I probably wouldn’t if I could
‘Cause I’m mad as hell
Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

I know you said
Can’t you just get over it
It turned my whole world around
And I kind of like it

I made my bed and I sleep like a baby
With no regrets and I don’t mind sayin’
It’s a sad sad story when a mother will teach her
Daughter that she ought to hate a perfect stranger
And how in the world can the words that I said
Send somebody so over the edge
That they’d write me a letter
Sayin’ that I better shut up and sing
Or my life will be over

I’m not ready to make nice
I’m not ready to back down
I’m still mad as hell and
I don’t have time to go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right
I probably wouldn’t if I could
‘Cause I’m mad as hell
Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

I’m not ready to make nice
I’m not ready to back down
I’m still mad as hell and
I don’t have time to go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right
I probably wouldn’t if I could
‘Cause I’m mad as hell
Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

What it is you think I should

Forgive, sounds good
Forget, I’m not sure I could
They say time heals everything
But I’m still waiting

Paragraph 1: Analyze the impact of the literary or artistic work for the minority group and/or American society as a whole.
The Dixie Chicks wrote this against all sorts of acts of violence weather it be from the 1800's or the 21st century. This made me realize that people who were attacked by the KKK are still in pain and they won't forget it and it's not possible to change the past. More people who listen to this song or see these lyrics will realize that violence has a harsh effect on others even if it was to try and preserve something. Thinking of others emotions does help more people fight against violence and racial profiling.

Paragraph 2: CLOSING-- How did the event impact the debate on the argument?
Over time who is considered a person in America has greatly changed weather it be women, blacks, or even corporations. Now blacks are seen as people and without the KKK i don't believe that blacks would be considered persons until now. People realized that how they were being treated wasn't right and made a change to include them in American society and government as a person. Not all people had rights but over time this has changed greatly.
Can you clarify your idea about the KKK's role in black's "personhood"?
TASK III: Artistic Expression Element Rubric
An outstanding product will.
•showcase a work that expresses a profound idea about your event and the argument surrounding it
•be the best example available, not simply the first one you find Perhaps a poem by a black poet or even a blues song???
•demonstrate your ability to interpret the meaning of the literary or artistic piece I'm not sure that you quite understand the message in the song. Did you do any research about the meaning?
•use the extended power paragraph format as a means to express your understanding of the event, argument, and how art literature and art
can reveal emotions and ideas
•reference sources accurately
•mechanics are clean and effective

Rubric for the Time Line Page
An outstanding time line entry includes the following:
• Opens by identifying you, the author, and your event with a banner headline (see an example of a banner on the top of this page).
• Under the banner, in the table place two graphics or photos that illustrates an important aspect of the event.
• Thoughtful responses to each prompt are supported by credible sources representing diverse perspectives on the event.
• Each response should be posted in order (follow template instructions), contain few mechanic errors and follow the power paragraph format.
• The credibility of each cited source is established and internal citations accurately match the Works Cited.• TASK I and TASK II each introduce and cite two new sources; TASK III cites one new source.• The Works Cited lists 5 credible sources from the LC databases.