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Details about the hate group’s founding are murky -- including the exact year it began. Some cite 1865 as its start, others say it was 1867. Historians generally agree it was founded by a handful of Confederate veterans in Pulaski, Tenn. as a social fraternity and it quickly changed into a violent group that terrorized newly empowered black and white Republicans in the South.
"The party lines of the 1860s/1870s are not the party lines of today," she wrote to us. "Although the names stayed the same, the platforms of the two parties reversed each other in the mid-20th century, due in large part to white ‘Dixiecrats’ flight out of the Democratic Party and into the Republican Party after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. By then, the Democratic Party had become the party of ‘reform,’ supporting a variety of ‘liberal’ causes, including civil rights, women’s rights, etc. whereas this had been the banner of the Republican Party in the nineteenth century."
Elaine Frantz Parsons, an associate professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh said that most post-Civil War southern whites were Democrats who were unhappy with Republican policies on Reconstruction while large numbers of newly-freed slaves were Republicans.
"So it is not surprising that the Reconstruction era Klan would have been very largely Democrats attacking Republicans," Parsons said in an e-mail. "But this simply does not map well at all onto the party structure we know today. Among other things, the Republicans (during Reconstruction) were condemned as the party of big government and as wanting to centralize authority on the federal level."
Trump crushed that guys family jewels. I love how leftists are used to no one standing up to them and go into fetal position when someone finally does.
This is why Hillary should win.
originally posted by: theantediluvian
originally posted by: DeadAgain
a reply to: theantediluvian
I didn't see any physical violence used. Not our fault some people need to run to their safe space or go into fetal position when people simply look at them in disgust or challenge them when they are acting like idiots.
So because the cameras don't show the person being dragged out, you assume that he just run away and curled up in a fetal position somewhere BECAUSE OF THE LOOKS OF DISGUST?
Did you even read the article linked in the OP?
Kicked out: Trump stopped his speech and stared at the man until security removed him from the building
That's not running away and curling up. Furthermore, look at this picture again:
Does that guy look scared as he's in a crowd of Trump's frothy mouthed supporters standing up to the leader of their cult? Yet here you are on an INTERNET FORUM talking about THAT guy's cowardice.
originally posted by: Swills
You should re read the whole article and then you will, hopefully, see that the democrats did not create the KKK but since you have on rose tinted conservative glasses I doubt you will come to that conclusion. Deny ignorance or embrace it? Your choice.
As a secret vigilante group, the Klan targeted freedmen and their allies; it sought to restore white supremacy by threats and violence, including murder, against black and white Republicans. In 1870 and 1871, the federal government passed the Enforcement Acts, which were successfully enforced in prosecuting and suppressing Klan crimes.
The first Klan had mixed results in terms of achieving its objectives. It seriously weakened the black political establishment through its use of assassinations and threats of violence; it drove some people out of politics. On the other hand, it caused a sharp backlash, with passage of federal laws that historian Eric Foner says were a success in terms of "restoring order, reinvigorating the morale of Southern Republicans, and enabling blacks to exercise their rights as citizens." Historian George C. Rable argues that the Klan was a political failure and therefore was discarded by the Democratic leaders of the South. He says:
"...the Klan declined in strength in part because of internal weaknesses; its lack of central organization and the failure of its leaders to control criminal elements and sadists. More fundamentally, it declined because it failed to achieve its central objective – the overthrow of Republican state governments in the South."
Do you know what that means? It means that neither Trump, nor his supporters, are scary evil people.
“I love the old days, you know. You know what I hate?” Trump said as the protester was led away. “There’s a guy, totally disruptive, throwing punches, we’re not allowed to punch back anymore.”
“I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out in a stretcher, folks,” he said to applause.
Not scary, not evil, just normal people with a vision for this nation. No one but your left winger protester was wearing a KKK shirt, let's face it.