Who killed Reconstruction? (North (People in the North were sick of…
Who killed Reconstruction?
People in the North were sick of defending racial equality and not satisfied with black people
The government had to deal with other problems that people were becoming more aware of
People in the South were threatening people who supported equality with violence
Abram Colby's testimony to a Senate Committee in 1872
On October 29, 1869, members of the KKK kidnapped Abram Colby and beat him up.
The "Klansmen" were first-class people such as lawyers, doctors, or farmers
"On the 29th of October 1869, [the Klansmen] broke my door open. took me out of bed, took me to the woods and whipped me for three hours or more and left me for dead".
Colby was a former slave that had became part of the Georgia State Legislature
Evidence of direct actions taken by the KKK to oppose Reconstruction by assaulting people
Albion Tourgee's Letter to North Carolina Republican Senator Joseph Carter Abbot
Tourgee wrote this letter
To inform Abbott that John W. Stephens, a State Senator from Caswell, was murdered.
He was stabbed five to six times
Hanged on a hook in the Jury room of the Court House
"Another brave, honest Republican citizen has met his fate at the hands of these fiends...."
To tell Abbott that he might be one of the next people attacked
"...I have very little doubt that I shall be one of the next victims."
To urge Congress to make changes to act against the KKK
Evidence that the KKK intended to scare people from taking action to support Reconstruction