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
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 Ku Klux Klan. This group used violence to keep blacks from voting.
The 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 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 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.
Judicial and Popular Support Fades; Democrats “Redeem” the South
To the four million formerslaves in the South, the Compromise of 1877 was the “Great Betrayal." Republican efforts to assure civil rights for the blacks were totally abandoned.