Prescript of the Ku Klux Klan
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Revised and Amended
Prescript of the Order of the *** [Ku Klux Klan]
This Organization shall be styled and denominated, the Order of the ***.
We, the Order of the ***, reverentially acknowledge the majesty and supremacy of the Divine Being, and recognize the goodness and providence of the same. And we recognize our relation to the United States Government, the supremacy of the Constitution, the Constitutional Laws thereof, and the Union of the States thereunder. . . .
Eligibility for Membership.
Section 1. No one shall be presented for admission into the Order until he shall have first been recommended by some friend or intimate who is a member, to the Investigating Committee, (which shall be composed of the Grand Cyclops, Grand Magi, and the Grand Monk,) and who shall have investigated his antecedents and his past and present standing and connections; and after such investigation, shall have pronounced him competent and worthy to become a member. Provided, no one shall be presented for admission into, or become a member of, this Order who shall not have attained the age of eighteen years.
Sec. 2. No one shall become a member of this Order unless he shall voluntarily take the following oaths or obligations, and shall satisfactorily answer the following interrogatories, while kneeling, with his right hand raised to heaven, and his left hand resting on the Bible:
"I _____ solemnly swear or affirm that I will never reveal any thing that I may this day (or night) learn concerning the Order of the ***, and that I will true answer make to such interrogatories as may be put to me touching my competency for admission into the same. So help me God."
Interrogatories To Be Asked:
1st. Have you ever been rejected, upon application for membership in the ***, or have you ever been expelled from the same?
2nd. Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Radical Republican party, or either of the organizations known as the "Loyal League" and the "Grand Army of the Republic?"
3rd. Are you opposed to the principles and policy of the Radical party, and to the Loyal League, and the Grand Army of the Republic, so far as you are informed of the character and purposes of those organizations?
4th. Did you belong to the Federal army during the late war, and fight against the South during the existence of the same?
5th. Are you opposed to negro equality, both social and political?
6th. Are you in favor of a white man's government in this country?
7th. Are you in favor of Constitutional liberty, and a Government of equitable laws instead of a Government of violence and oppression?
8th. Are you in favor of maintaining the Constitutional rights of the South?
9th. Are you in favor of the re-enfranchisement and emancipation of the white men of the South, and restitution of the Southern people to all their rights, alike proprietary, civil, and political?
10th. Do you believe in the inalienable right of self-preservation of the people against the exercise of arbitrary and unlicensed power?
If the foregoing interrogatories are satisfactorily answered, and the candidate desires to go further (after something of the character and nature of the Order has been indicated to him) and to be admitted to the benefits, mysteries, secrets and purposes of the Order, he shall be required to take the following final oath or obligation. But if said interrogatories are not satisfactorily answered, he shall be discharged, after being solemnly admonished by the initiating officer of the deep secresy to which the oath already has bound him, and that the extreme penalty of the law will follow a violation of the same.
"I _____ of my own free will and accord, and in the presence of Almighty God, do solemnly swear or affirm, that I will never reveal to any one not a member of the Order of the ***, by any intimation, sign, symbol, word or act, or in any other manner whatever, any of the secrets, signs, grips, pass-words, or mysteries of the Order of the ***, or that I am a member of the same, or that I know any one who is a member; and that I will abide by the Prescript and Edicts of the Order of the ***. So help me God."
The initiating officer will then proceed to explain to the new members the character and objects of the Order, and introduce him to the mysteries and secrets of the same; and shall read to him this Prescript and the Edicts thereof, or present the same to him for personal perusal.
SOURCE: Reprinted in Walter L. Fleming, editor, Ku Klux Klan: Its Origin, Growth and Disbandment, by J. C. Lester and D. L. Wilson (New York: Neale Publishing Company, 1905), pages 153-154, 170-173. Transcribed by John C. Willis.