The Color of Water


James McBride

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Ku Klux Klan Term Analysis

A Southern hate group (which has since spread through the country) that formed in the aftermath of the Civil War. The Klan is a white supremacist organization which intimidates and attacks groups it opposes. The Klan is most famous for its treatment of Black Americans, but it also actively opposes Jewish people, Catholic people, and immigrants.
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Ku Klux Klan Term Timeline in The Color of Water

The timeline below shows where the term Ku Klux Klan appears in The Color of Water. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7: Sam
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Ruth remembers seeing the Ku Klux Klan drive through town. She doesn’t always realize who they are at first, but the black... (full context)
Chapter 11: Boys
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...finding out about her relationship, although Peter’s friends are clearly afraid of her—they know the Ku Klux Klan and the regular townspeople would kill Peter if they found out his was dating a... (full context)