Nobody bothers to understand what was going on during that period in the South when both whites and decent blacks were under attack by the North’s OWN “klan,” the Union League and the military authorities did nothing to protect helpless civilians. THAT’s where the Klan came from. If there had been no reconstruction, it is quite possible that there never would have been a Ku Klux Klan.
… followed by …
I think it’s safe to say that had there been no reconstruction, or at least not in the virulent form imposed by Stanton and his cronies, there would have been no Ku Klux Klan, without the qualifying “possible”. And don’t forget the Freedmen’s Bureau among the roll call of the oppressors.
… and then …
I think it is reasonable to believe that had there never reconstruction there would have no no Klan in the South, to speak of. Klan activities that reemerged with the KKK in the 1920’s were in the northern and mid west regions.
I’m waiting to hear Birth of a Nation declared historically accurate.
Of course if white supremacy and black inferiority was accepted by all concerned, black and white, in 1865, there would have been no need for a white supremacist terrorist organization to intimidate, harm, and kill black Americans and their white allies. But something went wrong after the Confederacy lost, because all those slaves who we are told were loyal Confederates and who loved their masters were cast adrift into freedom, leaving it up to the Klan to restore the natural order of things. Right? The Klan was simply a corrective measure, right? And we all know that the Freedmen’s Bureau was also a source of evil, especially in providing relief for whites and blacks (indeed, for more whites than blacks) as well as protecting the rights of black laborers and promotion public education. Bad, bad, bad.
As I’ve said before, it’s heritage, not history, especially when it comes from people who claim that they are there to preserve heritage. Sure. Old times there are not forgotten … indeed, some people would like them to return.
Apparently it was all the North’s fault. Or at least the fault of the Republicans, since most northern Democrats had no problem with the goals of KKK activity.