Black Resistance to the Ku Klux Klan in the Wake of Civil War

Black Resistance to the Ku Klux Klan in the Wake of Civil War

by Kwando Mbiassi Kinshasa
     
 

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The end of the Civil War left a fearful and resentful South struggling to understand the changes the war had wrought. Southerners seeking a focus for their anger quickly drew a bead on recently emancipated blacks. Former slaves became targets of violence, and chief among the perpetrators was the newly formed Ku Klux Klan. Some of the victims of the Klan's terrorist…  See more details below

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The end of the Civil War left a fearful and resentful South struggling to understand the changes the war had wrought. Southerners seeking a focus for their anger quickly drew a bead on recently emancipated blacks. Former slaves became targets of violence, and chief among the perpetrators was the newly formed Ku Klux Klan. Some of the victims of the Klan's terrorist campaign turned to armed resistance and retaliation as their only resort.

Focusing on the years of the Reconstruction, this volume examines the actions of the Ku Klux Klan between the years of 1865 and 1899. It explores how the organization sponsored and promoted violence against former slaves, and how that violence eventually led to the formation of armed defensive units, which in some instances engaged in retaliatory action. The author considers both the history and the sociology behind these events, recognizing the attempts of both sides to build a society that reflected their own sense of justice and morality. Appendices provide excerpts from a variety of primary sources including contemporary newspaper articles, correspondence and personal diaries.

Kwando Mbiassi Kinshasa is also the author of The Man from Scottsboro (2003). He lives in New York and is a professor of African American Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786441006
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
10/27/2008
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Kwando Mbiassi Kinshasa is a professor of African American Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

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