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A local organizational unit of the Ku Klux Klan.

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(Sociology) (in the US)a local Ku Klux Klan group
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(ˈklæv ərn)

1. a local branch of the Ku Klux Klan.
2. a meeting place of the Ku Klux Klan.
[1920–25; Kl (an) + (c) avern]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.klavern - a local unit of the Ku Klux Klan
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
KKK, Klan, Ku Klux Klan - a secret society of white Southerners in the United States; was formed in the 19th century to resist the emancipation of slaves; used terrorist tactics to suppress Black people
social unit, unit - an organization regarded as part of a larger social group; "the coach said the offensive unit did a good job"; "after the battle the soldier had trouble rejoining his unit"
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The city also had an active Ku Klux Klan klavern. Byron de la Beckwith, killer of NAACP leader Medgar Evers, had received a hero's welcome when he returned to his Greenwood home following two inconclusive trials for his role in the murder.
In 1922, a KKK organizer from Indiana called on the sheriff for support in establishing a Klavern in the county and offered him a gratis membership.
Frederick Dunn, a UO classics professor in the early 20th century (and the exalted cyclops of the Eugene klavern of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s) was thus memorialized and celebrated posthumously beginning in 1962 when Hamilton opened.
Monker's Klan title is "Exalted Cyclops," which, in Klan-speak, is one who presides over the "Council of Centaurs" and writes reports for the "Grand Giant." (http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2010/06/what_does_an_exalted_cyclops_do.html) Slate.com reported that every Klan chapter, or Klavern is led by an Exalted Cyclops.
Winkle, Grand Cyclops of the Dallas klavern, was having a wonderful day." There is a novel in that one statement, much like the fiction that Stone examines for its Texas Jewish identity in his last chapter, although not as successfully as other themes in his work.
A great Klavern was held in the Old South Meeting House to determine what could be done.
My grandfather's outfit would have been Olympia Klavern No.
While campaigning in 1855 for a return to the White House, former President Millard Fillmore allied himself with a local SSSB klavern. Were it not for North-South tensions finally ripping the SSSB and its public puppet, the American Party, in half in 1856, the United States may have realized the dire prediction made by Abraham Lincoln only one year earlier: "When the Know Nothings get control, it will read `all men are created equal, except negroes, foreigners, and Catholics.'" (1)
Initiates took the oath of obedience, secrecy, fidelity and klannishness before a blazing cross, circled by the white robed, hooded membership in the 'klavern' or meeting place....
One week before the scheduled date, a young black man was attacked by four Klansmen, taken to their local klavern, where they beat him, castrated him, and poured turpentine on his wounds.
Next to the Selma, Alabama protests that directly spurred adoption of the Voting Rights Act,(13) the most intense Southern civil rights "hot spot" of 1965 was Bogalusa, Louisiana, where militant black activists were confronted by Louisiana's largest and most energetic Ku Klux Klan klavern.(14) The U.S.