Hard times, racial unrest and nostalgia offered the 1920s KKK a foothold in Texas. Local groups cropped up around the state. With their stated main goals of protecting God, country, home, womanhood, the South and white supremacy, the members of this secret society saw themselves as the defender of morality and society. Through 1921, there were 52 reported acts of Klan violence. As the violence grew, Texans got scared. But, as that fear turned to anger, serious opposition to the KKK increased. In 1923, members of local Klaverns kidnapped a man, beat and tarred him and left him chained to a tree in Taylor-- Dan Moody took action.