The Main Objective Of A Historiography Paper Is To Research

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The main objective of a historiography paper is to research and define the distinct evolution of a historical viewpoint on a certain event or subject matter. Historical perceptions of the Ku Klux Klan as an organization have been greatly modified over time. Beginning in the Reconstruction as an organization rich in justice and phenomenal, effective social work, the Klan has become the face of various historical interpretations. The three groups of sources that follow are categorized by the historical viewpoint of the Klan as an organization. The first group of sources focuses on the Klan as a law-abiding, constructive organization. The second group of sources focuses on the Klan as a political party, using their power to restrict the newly…show more content…
The author argues that it was not until the immergence of the Klan, that both white men and women began to feel a sense of security. I plan to use this chapter’s information in the first group of sources within my historiography because all authors, along with Bowers, depict the Klan as a positive and social organization that benefitted society greatly. Horn, Stanley F. Invisible Empire: The Story of the Ku Klux Klan 1866-1871. New York: Haskell House, 1968. Within Part I of his book, Invisible Empire: The Story of the Ku Klux Klan 1866-187, Stanley F. Horn depicts the Klan as an effective organization, shrouded in mystery and illusion, determined to maintain law and social order within society. The author describes the general consensus of individuals in society as viewing the Klan as an organization that used immense violence to harass and attack the law-abiding and peaceful African Americans. However, the author argues that the Klan, itself, was actually a social and benevolent organization made up of law enforcers, rather than law breakers, whose main objective was to enforce justice, amongst individuals in society, while being civil in their manner. Describing the Klansmen as “rough boys”, the author goes on to justify the actions of the Klan, saying that the violence of
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