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‘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

‘We Sure Did Hate Them Folks’ – Former Slaves Speak on the Ku Klux Klan in Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri

This week, we'll hear the tales of the Ku Klux Klan as told by former slaves of three different states - Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri. Formed in Tennessee in 1866, the Klan spread quickly to the surrounding states, and then all across the South. These terrorist operations lasted until 1874, when

‘Sprung Right Up Out of the Earth’ – Former Slaves Speak on the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina

This week, we'll continue our series, hearing the tales of the Ku Klux Klan as told by former slaves - this time from North Carolina. Formed in Tennessee in 1866, the Klan spread quickly to the surrounding states, and then all across the South. These terrorist operations lasted until 1874, when

‘They Didn’t Know What Freedom Meant’ – Former Slaves Speak on the Ku Klux Klan in Arkansas (Part 4)

Once again, we'll hear tales of the Ku Klux Klan as told by former slaves living in Arkansas. We should continue to take note of the differences between the actions in Arkansas and the various other states. Formed in Tennessee in 1866, the Klan spread quickly to the surrounding states,

‘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 Buzzards Fly Down On His Shoulder’ – Former Slaves Speak on the Ku Klux Klan in Texas (Part 2)

This week, we'll return to Texas to hear tales of the Ku Klux Klan as told by former slaves. Again we'll see the varieties of experiences former slaves had with the Klan. Some saw brutal lynchings and were personally targeted, while others actually supported or even accompanied the Klan for

‘They Dare His Wife to Cry’ – Former Slaves Speak on the Ku Klux Klan in Texas (Part 1)

This week, we'll hear tales of the Ku Klux Klan as told by former slaves in Texas. What is most striking are the varieties of experiences former slaves had with the Klan. Some saw brutal lynchings and were personally targeted, while others actually supported or even accompanied the Klan for

‘The Devil Was After Us For Sure’ – Former Slaves Speak on the Ku Klux Klan in Georgia

Continuing in our series, we'll hear tales of the Ku Klux Klan as told by former slaves in Georgia. Formed in Tennessee in 1866, the Klan spread quickly to the surrounding states, and then all across the South. These terrorist operations lasted until 1874, when they were disbanded in name.

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