Posted: March 23rd, 2022
Many Northerners had fought to end slavery during the Civil War. After the war, the Radical Republicans wanted to see the ex-slaves exercising their civil rights. Far from enjoying those rights, the freedmen faced new violence from the Ku Klux Klan. That group wanted to maintain white control of society in the South. The Klan attacked both the former slaves and those who supported them. What assistance did the former slaves receive as they faced violence and legal restrictions during Reconstruction?
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