Davis Susan Lawrance - Authentic histroy Ku Klux Klan


Author : Davis Susan Lawrance
Title : Authentic histroy Ku Klux Klan, 1865-1877
Year : 1924

Link download : Davis_Susan_Lawrance_-_Authentic_histroy_Ku_Klux_Klan.zip

Preface. The purpose of the "Authentic History Ku Klux Klan, 1865-1877," is in justification of the men and measures adopted which led to the redemption of the Southern States from Radical, Carpet-bag and Negro rule as was imposed by the Federal Government's reconstruction measures upon them after the surrender of the Confederate States Army at Appomatox Court House, Virginia, 1865. Ex-President Woodrow Wilson said in the Atlantic Monthly, January, 1901, in an article, "The Reconstruction of the Southern States": "Reconstruction is still revolutionary matter. Those who delve in it find it like a banked fire, still hot and fiery within, for all it has lain under the ashes a whole generation ; and a thing to take fire from. It is hard to construct an argument here which shall not be heated, a source of passion no less than of light. . . . The revolution lies there as natural as it was remarkable and full of prophecy. It is this which makes the whole period of reconstruction so peculiarly worthy of our study. Every step of the policy, every feature of the time which wrought this subtle transformation, should receive our careful scrutiny. We are now far enough removed from the time to make that scrutiny both close and dispassionate. A new age gives it new significance." I realize that the period covering reconstruction and reestablishing white supremacy in the States which seceded from the United States in 1861 is a "sleeping volcano and a Vesuvius at rest," but it is not my intention to start a conflagration, rather to throw enough light on the Ku Klux Klan of that period to justify their mysterious movements in that momentous time by which they steadied the hatred, passion and injustice heaped upon an overpowered but brave and loyal people who had lost all except their honor and their faith in God during the Civil War. With their own Government and the remainder of the world against them the Ku Klux Klan raised the South Phoenix-like from her ashes, and in the rebuilding caught "the sunshine of forgiveness in the brick and mortar," the immortal words of Henry Grady. Although many things are still "invisible" about the Ku Klux Klan one thing is very plain; that is, that they have been so unjustly misrepresented by would-be historians and "investigators," I have undertaken the task of correcting these false impressions so far as lies in my power. Having known personally many of the original Ku Klux Klan and gleaned from them, though reluctantly, facts stated in this book, I have also included documentary evidence setting forth the causes which were conducive to the life and strength of this powerful Order. ...

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