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The Fight for Unconditional Emancipation in Missouri

The Emancipation Proclamation freed only the slaves in disloyal states. While this immediately freed 20,000 or so, it left thousands more in bondage within the border states of Maryland, Delaware, Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky. Despite efforts by the Federal government to recruit black men into the army during the summer

‘We’ll Make You Damn Niggers Wish You Wasn’t Free’ – Former Emmigrated Slaves Speak on the Ku Klux Klan throughout the South

After weeks of hearing from former slaves across the South, we've come to those who moved to new states following the war. By the 1930s, the time the interviews took place, they were living in Oklahoma, Ohio and Indiana. Formed in Tennessee in 1866, the Klan spread quickly to the

‘Yes Ma’am, They Done Some Devilment’ – Former Slaves Speak on the Ku Klux Klan in Arkansas (Part 3)

Once again, we'll hear tales of the Ku Klux Klan as told by former slaves living in Arkansas. As we work our way through the state, as in past weeks, we should take notice of how different many of these narratives are. Formed in Tennessee in 1866, the Klan spread

‘Weren’t Nothing But White Mens’ – Former Slaves Speak on the Ku Klux Klan in Arkansas (Part 2)

This week, we'll again hear tales of the Ku Klux Klan as told by former slaves living in Arkansas. Most interestingly, the narratives describe an overall different experience with the Klan than other states. Formed in Tennessee in 1866, the Klan spread quickly to the surrounding states, and then all

‘How They Died In Piles’ – Former Slaves Speak on the Ku Klux Klan in Arkansas (Part 1)

This week, we'll hear tales of the Ku Klux Klan as told by former slaves living in Arkansas. Most interestingly, the narratives describe an overall different experience with the Klan than other states. Formed in Tennessee in 1866, the Klan spread quickly to the surrounding states, and then all across

‘The Devil Took a Hand in the Mess’ – Former Slaves Speak on the Ku Klux Klan in South Carolina

Less than a year following the surrender of the Confederacy, six former Confederate officers gathered together in a second story law office in Pulaski, Tennessee. Forming the Ku Klux Klan, their intent was to "get up a club or society of some description." While their claimed intent was, at first,

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