Political Violence During the Lead-Up to the 1868 Election of Ulysses S. Grant

Pat Young

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During the months before the election of Ulysses S. Grant in 1868, one of the worst campaigns of political violence in American history broke out in the South. I have a new essay on the scholarly site Emerging Civil War examining the efforts of terrorist groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the Knights of the White Camellia to prevent blacks from voting, as well as the mass uprisings by former Confederates that resulted in massacres of African Americans in Louisiana that killed scores of men and women.

 

Dave D

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I was just reading an interesting blog entry about the Union League (aka, "Loyal Legion") and its creation and activities during the Civil War and Reconstruction ["The Rise of the Union Leagues", by By Christopher Phillips, University of Cincinnati, 11/15/2013 - "Disunion Series", NY Times blog, 2011-2015]. Phillips' blog entry retells various stories of Union League opposition to dissent against the policies of Abraham Lincoln or the Republican party.

One cite in particular seems like déjà vu : "Western Loyal Leaguers fought dissent with more than words. In central Illinois, one woman claimed that Republicans 'were forming Vigilance committees to scout the country and find out the principles of every man (and woman too I suppose) those that were not loyal to Lincoln'. "

Change a couple of names and you have history repeating itself.
 
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