The Realities of Radical Reconstruction in the South - The Realities of Radical Reconstruction in the South After gaining the right to vote from the

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The Realities of Radical Reconstruction in the South After gaining the right to vote from the 15 th Amendment, blacks began to organize politically. They were strong participators in the Union League , originally a pro- Union organization. Freedmen turned the Union League into a network of political clubs that educated members and campaigned for Republican candidates. The League also built black churches and schools, represented black grievances before local employers and governments, and recruited militias to protect black communities from white retaliation. From 1868-1876, blacks began to hold major offices in government. " Scalawags " were Southerners who were accused of plundering the treasuries of the Southern states through their political influence in the radical governments. " Carpetbaggers " were sleazy Northerners who had come to the South to seek power and profit. The Ku Klux Klan The " Invisible Empire of the South ", otherwise known as the Ku Klux Klan , was founded in Tennessee in 1866 . It was formed by disgruntled white

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