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

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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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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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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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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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