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The Collapse of Reconstruction. Lesson 20: Reconstruction and it’s Effects part 5. Many Southerners did not like the notion of greater rights for African Americans – especially the right to vote. Some Southern citizens formed terrorist groups that opposed rights for African Americans.

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The collapse of reconstruction

The Collapse of Reconstruction

Lesson 20: Reconstruction and it’s Effects part 5


Many Southerners did not like the notion of greater rights for African Americans – especially the right to vote. Some Southern citizens formed terrorist groups that opposed rights for African Americans.


One such group was known as the for African Americans – especially the right to Ku Klux Klan. This group used violence to keep blacks from voting.


The klan was led by former confederate general nathan bedford forrest from 1867 to 1889

From: http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/calheritage for African Americans – especially the right to

The Klan was led by former Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest from 1867 to 1889.


The for African Americans – especially the right to Ku Klux Klan terrorized local white and black Republican leaders and blacks whose behavior violated old ideas of black subordination.


The Klan and other groups also for African Americans – especially the right to tried to prevent African Americans from making economic progress. They killed livestock that belonged to African Americans.


They attacked African Americans who owned their own land and forced them to work for white landowners.


Its forced them to work for white landowners.members, who were sworn to secrecy, wore white robes and masks and adopted the burning cross as their symbol. They were most active during elections, when their nighttime rides to murder, rape, beat, and warn were designed to overcome Republican majorities in their states.






Scandals and money crisis hurt republicans economic turmoil
Scandals and Money Crisis Hurt Republicans; Economic Turmoil from reaching public

  • Meanwhile, corruption and scandals hurt the Republican Party nationwide.

  • General Ulysses S. Grant had been elected president in 1869.

  • Though Grant was not corrupt, many people in his administration were.


  • The from reaching public Panic of 1873 further upset the nation.

  • Many investors had taken advantage of the expanding economy after the Civil War.


  • Some from reaching public took on more debt than they could afford. Many could not pay their debts and went bankrupt.


  • As a result, many from reaching public banks closed.

  • A nation – wide depression soon followed.


Judicial and popular support fades democrats redeem the south

Judicial and Popular Support Fades; Democrats from reaching public “Redeem” the South


  • In the mid 1870 from reaching public ’s, several Supreme Court decisions weakened the power of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments.

  • At the same time, more and more people in the North wanted to reconcile with the South.








To the four million Republicans agreed to withdraw federal troops from the South, ending Reconstructionformerslaves in the South, the Compromise of 1877 was the “Great Betrayal." Republican efforts to assure civil rights for the blacks were totally abandoned.





  • In the end, social programs and got rid of public schools.Reconstruction had failed to gain equal rights for African Americans. However, the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments remained part of the Constitution.



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