When the Ku Klux Rode

Author: Eyre Damer
Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 28,663 / 95 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.6
LoC Category: E
Downloads: 800
Added to site: 2011.11.07
mnybks.net#: 30963
Genre: History

A look at the circumstances surrounding what came to be known as the Ku Klux Klan.

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As an illustration of the character of the men sent to the convention, Samuel Hale, a brother of United States Senator Hale, one of the few Union men and later Republicans resident in Sumter county, wrote Senator Wilson in January, 1868, a letter protesting against recognition by Congress of radicals in the south, in which he said that the men who sat in the convention and framed the constitution were, "so far as I am acquainted with them, worthless vagabonds, homeless, houseless, drunken knaves"; that the Sumter delegates were a negro and two whites--Yordy and Rolfe. Rolfe, he said, left his family in New York and had not seen them for four years, during which period he had led an immoral life with negroes; that he was known as the "Hero of Two Shirts," having left at a hotel in Selma, as security for an unpaid hotel bill, his carpetbag containing only two shirts: that his name was not signed to the constitution which he helped to frame because he was too drunk to write it. These men and

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