African Americans And Reconstruction

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America went to great lengths to pursue happiness, but was set back by the election of 1876. Due to the destruction after the Civil war, a plan to reconstruct was in motion while also welcoming millions of slaves as american citizens. Due mostly to the South's actions, reconstruction was killed by 1877. White southerners often challenged reconstruction with violence. Africans who tried to gain political power, among others who supported African Americans and reconstruction were directly threatened and attacked by the Ku Klux Klan. Albon Torgee, a white Northern soldier who served as a judge during reconstruction, describes an action by the KKK. “...John W.Stephens, State Senator…, was foully murdered by the Ku-Klux-Klan...I have very little
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