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The Ku Klux Klan's Persuasion Techniques
A look at the persuasion techniques utilized by the Ku Klux Klan to recruit and retain members.
# 128723 | 1,556 words | 11 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper discusses the Ku Klux Klan's ideology of racial identity, superiority and exclusivity and how it is combined with religious persuasion and motivation. The paper also identifies the Klan's use of sensitive and opportunistic issues in society, such as that of immigration, to incite fear and concern among potential members. The paper specifically looks at the persuasive techniques that have been used by the Klan in the contemporary communications environment. The paper then explores what makes young people susceptible to these ideas.

Ideology and Myth
Susceptibility and Persuasion

From the Paper:

"The Ku Klux Clan is a far right extremist group that often has employed violent tactics and methods to achieve their ends and to propagate their ideology. A more formal description of the Ku Klux Clan is "A secret society organized in the South after the Civil War to reassert white supremacy by means of terrorism. " (US Military Dictionary: Ku Klux Klan)
"The literature on the subject suggests that becoming a member of this organization usually begins at an early age. "Evidence suggests that the route to violent far-right extremism often begins with organizations seeking to recruit young people..." (Learning together to be safe) This often takes the form of the society training the youth in gun use and other activities.
"However, there are certain central and more subtle aspects that need to be noted about the way that the Klan recruits and retains its members. These include aspects such as the ideology and propaganda that is used to maintain the ethos of the organization and to justify its actions. This paper will discuss some of these central aspects and explore the way that they function within the Ku Klux Klan."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Bevilaqua J. The FBI, COINTELPRO-WHITE HATE and the Decline of Ku Klux Klan Organizations in Mississippi, 1964-1971. Mississippi Historical Review. 2004. Retrieved November 13, 2008, from
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  • Kaplan, J. (1995, August 2). A Guide to the Radical Right. The Christian Century, 112, 741+. Retrieved November 13, 2008, from Questia database:

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