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. Albert Pike could not go home to Arkansas, however. He was still under indictment for treason by state authorities there, for inciting the Indians to break laws or treaties. So he settled in Memphis, Tennessee, just across the Mississippi River from Arkansas, becoming a newspaper publisher, lawyer--and president of the Tennessee Bar Association. Tennessee blacks got the right to vote in February 1867. Beginning that spring, Albert Pike and a small group of Confederate generals held several meetings in Nashville, at the Maxwell House Hotel, to form the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The name was taken from the Greek, [kyklos], meaning ``circle.'' It was no mystery to the pro-Unionists: The Knights of the [Golden] Circle had reappeared. Pike was appointed chief judicial officer of the Invisible Empire. He is said to have written the Klan's military manual and ritual, and was the Klan's expert on secrecy of organization--its secret grips, signs, and passwords. At one of the later Nashville meetings, General Nathan Bedford Forrest was chosen Imperial Wizard of the Klan.
Originally posted by OrchusGhule
edit on 7-11-2011 by OrchusGhule because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by kadugen
reply to post by projectvxn
You could probably make a similar argument about crowds visiting Disneyland... Just because some bad things happen at a crowded area does not mean all the people there are bad, or their particular ideology is invalid...or anything really. It's simply an example of humanity.