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What the Newspapers Said About the Ku Klux Klan in 1868 Reconstruction150

Discussion in 'Post Civil War History, The Reconstruction Period' started by Pat Young, Feb 1, 2018.

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    The Ku Klux Klan is believed to have been started in 1866. It was little known and had and indistinct political program before 1867. By 1868, the Ku Kluxers were regularly making it into the newspapers. Following the lead of the thread on Newspaper coverage of "Black Confederates", I thought it would be interesting to start a thread on newspaper coverage of Ku Klux Klan in 1868.

    Please add any newspaper coverage you come across for 1868. Also, if you have additional thoughts on the 1868 Klan amplifying the primary sources, please make them known.
     
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    Philadelphia Inquirer
    Saturday, January 25, 1868
     
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    Memphis Daily Avalanche
    Sunday, February 23, 1868
    Memphis, Tennessee

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    I am curious to see if most of the coverage is going to center around Tenn & S. Carolina.
     
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    Thanks for posting this.
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    Cincinnati Daily Gazette
    Tuesday, February 25, 1868

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    Memphis Daily Avalanche
    Wednesday, February 26, 1868

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    Memphis Daily Avalanche
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    Daily Constitutionalist
    Wednesday, March 04, 1868
    Augusta, Georgia

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    The exoticism of the KKK apparently fascinated newspaper audiences:

    Daily Inter Ocean
    Friday, March 06, 1868
    Chicago, Illinois

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    Jackson Citizen Patriot
    Friday, March 06, 1868
    Jackson, Michigan

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    Louisville Daily Courier
    Friday, March 06, 1868
    Louisville, Kentucky

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    This is interesting. It says that the editor of the Avalanche has been arrested by the Unionist authorities.

    Arkansas Campaign Gazette
    Friday, March 13, 1868
    Little Rock, Arkansas

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    Louisville Daily Courier
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    On January 20, 1868 The New York Times published its first article on the KKK, which it referred to as the "Kuklux Klan".

    Members of the KKK at this time were typically called "Ku Kluxers", and not "Klansmen."

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    NY Times March 24, 1868

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    NY Times February 10, 1868

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    On March 27, 1868 the NY Times published an article dismissing the notion that the KKK was about to stage a coup in Tennessee:

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