The Ku-Klux-Klan was a secret political organization in the Southern United States that gained momentum during Reconstruction, after the Civil War. The group’s main mission was the establishment of white power. One thing the group made clear was that they did not want freed blacks to have any power. Due to bureaucratic red tape, some of the white Southerners were unable to vote after the war, while freed blacks were not only able to vote but were given positions in the government. Obviously, this freaked out the white status quo who went from dominating the blacks to watching them take jobs in the newly formed post-war administration.
Acceptance into the group was only open to white Protestants who were born in America. Today the Ku-Klux-Klan has morphed into other organizations but lately, refugee problems in Europe and fears of terrorism in the United States has brought white supremacy groups back into the news.
Suellen Ocean is the author of the series, Civil War Era Romances. Available here:
Book One, Black Pansy: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1484900278
Book Two, Blue Violet: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018ZWX0R4
Book Three, Black Lilac: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EKJMTKA
Many years after slavery, people are still funny about what color we are and the history that goes with that. I’m a white woman whose family lived in the south during colonial times. My father grew up in New Orleans. When I told him I wanted to go “down South” to do some ancestry sleuthing, he discouraged it, telling me to look up my mother’s ancestors instead. After my father died, I went to Louisiana and Mississippi and to the places where my ancestors lived. I stumbled upon distant relatives still living in the same area where many years ago colonists thought it was okay to enslave others. These distant relatives were very nice and friendly, until I told them I wanted to find the branches on our family tree that connect black with white. They did not say anything mean, but they shut off communication. It’s too bad because I suspect they know but have no interest in telling me. Recent advances in DNA testing and people sharing information will tell us a lot. Until then, I’ll keep sleuthing and using my creativity to piece together a fractured southern heritage.
Suellen Ocean is the author of the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy.
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