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Collisions of Conflict

Studies in American History and Culture, 1820-1920

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Jerzy Sobieraj

This book explores and analyzes the problems and challenges that have resulted from the Civil War, Reconstruction, slavery, and segregation in North America. These painful chapters in American history have continued along racial and regional lines and are of particular interest today when the USA are for the first time governed by an African American president. The postscriptum extends the main narrative by focusing on selected writers’ activities and fiction during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
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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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