The Moment the Rope Encircles the Neck of a Negro These Loyal Gentlemen Cry Aloud "Ku Klux" Jan. 1869

Pat Young

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The letters to the editor are one way of gauging public opinion. This letter appeared in a Democratic paper in Memphis Tennessee opposing white people cooperating with the police against the Ku Kluxers.

Commercial Appeal
Friday, Jan 29, 1869
Memphis, TN
Vol: 29
Page: 3

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Letters like this should not be shocking by any means. Like mentioned they're a prime source of the determination of a people's will. Letters like this are the main reason why reconstruction failed.

You definieely can tell by these letters that despite loosing a conventional war the people still carried on the fight within the framework of the current political system. "Pushing the envelope". Nothern dominance and black equality were the constant enemies. The hearts and minds of a people are not going to change overnight because a war was lost. They'll continue resistence by any means possible to achieve their goals. And their goals morphed over time since 1865.

Letters like this just emphasize the determined will of a people in their relentless drive to achive "autonomy" - the freedom to structure their own society. That, by the way, is one of the main reasons for a civil war - self determination within or outside a political system.
So these letters show a determined will of a society vs. an attempt of "social engineering" without any resources, i.e. muscle, to back it up.

It's the "everyman's" deep-seated views that overthrew reconstuction. Naturally today we judge the history and cringe. Reconstruction was a success, only for the wrong side.
 

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Letters like this should not be shocking by any means. Like mentioned they're a prime source of the determination of a people's will. Letters like this are the main reason why reconstruction failed.

You definieely can tell by these letters that despite loosing a conventional war the people still carried on the fight within the framework of the current political system. "Pushing the envelope". Nothern dominance and black equality were the constant enemies. The hearts and minds of a people are not going to change overnight because a war was lost. They'll continue resistence by any means possible to achieve their goals. And their goals morphed over time since 1865.

Letters like this just emphasize the determined will of a people in their relentless drive to achive "autonomy" - the freedom to structure their own society. That, by the way, is one of the main reasons for a civil war - self determination within or outside a political system.
So these letters show a determined will of a society vs. an attempt of "social engineering" without any resources, i.e. muscle, to back it up.

It's the "everyman's" deep-seated views that overthrew reconstuction. Naturally today we judge the history and cringe. Reconstruction was a success, only for the wrong side.
That's one way of looking at it.
 

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"fiendish murders and outrages committed in Arkansas by Radical militia, in the name of loyalty."

What the hey was going on in Arkansas?
 
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