Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant; April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was the 18thPresident of the United States from 1869–1877.
As President he led the
in their effort to eliminate allremaining vestiges of Confederate nationalism,slavery and
effectively destroyed the firstincarnation of Ku Klux Klan in 1871
founded in 1865 in Pulaski,Tennessee, by six veterans of the Confederate Army flourished in the Southfollowing the American Civil War and has been called America's first true terroristgroup.
Members utilized white costumes: robes, masks, and conical hats,designed to mystify, terrify and hide their true identities.
Ku Klux Klan
is splintered into several independent chapters with no apparent connectionsbetween them and
is rightly classified as a hate group
with an estimatedmembership between 3,000 and 5,000 as of 2012.
Former Black Slaves Endorsed The Radical Republican Party
"Yes, sir. [
The Ku Klux Klan
] is a protective political military organization. I am willing to show any man the constitution of thesociety. The members are sworn to recognize the government of the United States. It does not say anything at all about thegovernment of Tennessee. Its objects originally were protection against Loyal Leagues and the Grand Army of the Republic; butafter it became general it was found that political matters and interests could best be promoted within it, and it was then made
apolitical organization, giving it's support, of course, to the democratic party
former Confederate Lieutenant GeneralNathan Bedford Forrest
, in a Cincinnati Commercial, August 28, 1868 Interview.
After the North's victory and duringReconstruction, The State of Tennessee ratifiedthe Fourteenth (14th) Amendment and gaveBlack American's the right to vote.
As a result,Tennessee's August gubernatorial election of 1867 was the first time in the Tennessee'shistory that Black Americans would be allowed tovote. Actually and more significantly, this wasthe first time since President Abraham Lincoln'sFriday, January 1st, 1863
that Black American's in theSouth would vote at all. Nevertheless, in the darkbackground of election politics,
former Confederate Lieutenant General NathanBedford Forrest
who was serving as the first
Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan
, waskeeping his Klansmen in line in an effort todeflect the attention of the United States Military