KKK and the Civil War
The trend of enslaving African Americans in the United States of America began during the early 1600’s. These people unlike their white servant counterparts were made slaves for life by the colonial legal system which was inherited by their children. Slavery in America ended upon the resolution of the conflict caused by the Civil War when Abraham Lincoln successfully ratified the Thirteenth Amendment to say “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” The following article will detail the history of the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) as it relates to the American conflict between the north and south known as the Civil War.
When America became independent from the shackles of its European captors slavery still remained engrained with the south which is predominately where the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) originated. Northerners firmly believed that slavery went against the ideals of the revolution and had enough workers to cover work usually performed by slaves. As a matter of fact by 1820 there were only about 3,000 slaves in the North most working on farms in New Jersey Slavery was easier to abolish in the North because it wasn’t a vital part of their economy. The South, on the other hand, heavily relied on slaves to fuel its agriculture based economy which would later play an important role regarding the history of the Klu Klux Klan (KKK). The African American population in the South was much greater than that of the north. As a matter of fact Virginia and South Carolina populations were more than half African American, Southern whites were very ignorant and prejudiced of their African American Counterparts. As a matter of fact they believed that blacks would threaten the survival of white folks and that slavery was the only means to control them. This paradigm has played a major role in the history of the Klu Klux Klan (KKK). In order for the South to maintain its economic standing they relied heavily on slavery. This vital difference between the reliance of slavery to maintain the economies of the North and South ultimately led to the fractioning of America in what would be known as the Civil War.
The Civil War ultimately developed as a result of the differences in how much the North and South relied on slavery to achieve their economic gains. The Klu Klux Klan (KKK) which has its roots heavily placed in the south had a lot to lose with the emancipation of slaves. The history of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) has shown that the founding members had strong Confederate ties. Although the south lost the war and thereby had to comply with the emancipation of the slaves, they would form a faction known as the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) which would instill its political beliefs by engaging in acts of terror to those that opposed. The Civil War has its origins with the history of the Klu Klux Klan (KKK).
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