Studies in American History and Culture, 1820-1920
Chapter 5 The Invisible Empire: The Short Career of the First Ku Klux Klan and Its Rebirth
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The Invisible Empire: The Short Career of the First Ku Klux Klan and Its Rebirth
Andrew Nelson Lytle in his mythicized version of the post-Civil-War months writes about the South and the beginnings of the Invisible Empire:
The South was disarmed and helpless. With the aid of troops the servile population was used as a tool to carry out this reconstruction policy. The details are well known, and in this dark hour it looked as if the destruction of the Southern Culture would be literal, when purely by chance the means of relief appeared out of the social habits of the people.
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