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.
Lesson 20: Reconstruction and it’s Effects part 5
The Ku Klux Klan terrorized local white and black Republican leaders and blacks whose behavior violated old ideas of black subordination.
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.