The Ku Klux Klan and Reconstruction Research Paper

The Ku Klux Klan and Reconstruction
Looks at the growth of the Ku Klux Klan in post-Civil War America and its varied attempts to control the social and political make-up of the South.
# 144941 | 4,225 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper first explains that the violent beginning of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) affected not only the lives and futures of the black population but also the structure and order of Southern society as seen in the complex relationships between the Democrats and Republicans, the North and South, the government and the rights of its citizens and the whites and emancipated slaves. Next, the author looks at the formation and growth of the power of the KKK and the Enforcements Acts, the Ku Klux Klan Act, which outlawed the congregation of terrorist organizations like the KKK. The paper concludes that, because the post-Civil War South felt threatened, the KKK was able to organize and grow based on the one available method rooted in the past, the politics of racism and force. The paper includes a list of footnotes.

Table of Contents:
The Oath
Table of Contents
The Klan's Beginning
The Push for Political Control
The Enforcement Acts
Before Congress: The Ku Klux Klan Act
Attempts to Curb the Klan
The Southern Strategy
Violence and Fear

From the Paper:

"The Enforcement Act of May 13, 1870 banned the use of any type of interference that hindered the right to vote because of race--such as force or bribery. This act reached all election processes taking place in every state. The act also prohibited the appearance of disguised groups on public highways or private property with the intent to hurt or intimidate any fellow citizen. Federal courts would here cases dealing with the law and federal officials and troops could be assigned the responsibility of supervising the elections and, if required, to make arrests."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chalmers, David M., Hooded Americanism: The First Century of the Ku Klux Klan 1865-1965. New York: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1965.
  • DuBois, W.E.B., Black Reconstruction in America: 1860-1880. New York: Atheneum Publ., 1935.
  • Dunning, William A., Reconstruction, Political and Economic: 1865-1877. New York: Harper & Row Publ., 1907.
  • Franklin, John Hope, Reconstruction After the Civil War. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961.
  • Gillette, William, Retreat From Reconstruction: 1869-1879. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1979.

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