I’ve come to the conclusion that, in order to prevent the next Reconstruction, they need to know about what happened during the Reconstruction people after the War Between the States. This topic will serve as a gathering point for all such information. Please feel free to post information you have or find in this topic.
“It does make a fellow sore to see what the Germans or Nazis have been doing to their captives, but a recent peek into an old Congressional document giving the minority report on the investigation of the original Ku Klux Klan reminds me that only 65 years and a few before that, we Americans of the Northern tier were doing pretty much the same to the people of the defeated and destitute South. We thought up more devilment to humiliate, persecute, and rob those Southern people, a marvelously brave and durable foe in war, our own nation and personal kin, than any of us are likely to remember now, if we ever know.”
“We sent among them some of the dirtiest grafters and common thieves that the human race has ever produced, to it’s shame. Hitler himself couldn’t out clever some of the nasty and remorseless ingenuities by which we taxed their property away and sneered their human rights and civic rights out of existence. The wonder is, not that the Southern politician waved the bloody shirt as long as they did, but that the Southern people ever did have the bigness of soul to forgive, forget, and cooperate again. It wasn’t only the awful, malicious brutality of what we did so much as the repulsive character of the swine whom our government selected to do it, all of them, incidentally, had good sound Anglo-Saxon and Aryan names, too.”——From a column by Westbrook Pegler, a Yankee columnist