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Strangely enough there may well be a druidic link

Druid societies formed as a result of Toland's work are now known as revivalist druids to distinguish them from the original Druids and the more modern variety which sprang up about 120 years ago. In Britain they were adopted by /cooperated with the Celtic/Scottish revivalist movement and at one time briefly all the rage - The Prince Regent is said to have belonged to or at least supported them. They played a part in the Scottish revival movement led by Sir Walter Scott.

Toland however had significant contacts with the Free Masonry movement in North America and a number of Druid Societies budded off from Free Mason Lodges. Some still exist today including in the South. They were known as Covens and run by a Grand Wizard (sound familiar)? In general they were also anti federalist (believing that a Federal Government would favour the established clergy). Like the Masonic Lodges they were somewhat of a secret society. The University of Virginia has produced some useful papers on the movement. A first they wore black robes with a hood but this was associated, together with the name coven in many minds with devil worship. Many members were in fact deists and some even primitive Christian and so at some time they switched to white robes and called themselves White Druids.

Given some of the similarities it's not unduly fanciful to suggest that at least some elements of the KKK came from Southern Druid Societies
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