Notes-Sept7 - Notes Sept 7 Reconstruction Cont Counter Attacks-Conservatives vigilantes and the KU KLUX KLAN goals Stephanie Ross A lot of vigilantes

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Notes- Sept 7 Stephanie Ross Reconstruction Cont. Counter Attacks- -Conservatives, vigilantes, and the KU KLUX KLAN- goals A lot of vigilantes groups, KKK- founded by Nathan Bedford Forrest in late 1865- in Tennessee. At first it was a group that the former confederates could hang out and talk about the past. Originally a Fraternity, KU KLUX= Greek for close circle. Soon became the violent arm of the conservative democrats in the south during congressional reconstruction. (costume= ghost of confederate debt.) Goal was to intimidate white republicans and freedmen from voting. Extremely effective, enabled democrats to gain some of the states back. Clan Violence got so bad, congress intervenes -Enforcement acts- 4 of them First three are called enforcements act 1-3- gave greater federal authority in protection ones right to vote. The Fourth one-KU KLUX KLAN act- aimed specifically toward them- outlawed the KLAN. It allowed the president to declare martial law. Martial law=all local government is no longer in effect. - Election of 1868-Candidates U.S. Grant-(1822-1885) VP-Schuyler Colfax Horatio Seymour (1810-1886) VP- Francis P. Blair (1821-1875) Grant easily wins. His presidency will last two terms. “Grant was one of the worst presidents in

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