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Ku-KluxThe Birth of the Klan during Reconstruction$
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Elaine Frantz Parsons

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469625423

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625423.001.0001

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The Union County Ku-Klux in National Discourse

The Union County Ku-Klux in National Discourse

(p.264) Seven The Union County Ku-Klux in National Discourse

Elaine Frantz Parsons

University of North Carolina Press

Journalists and political leaders outside Union County responded to and represented its violence, and how Union County elites controlled their violence would be understood and appropriated by outsiders. Labeling violence as “Ku-Klux,” and therefore as a fundamentally extra-local conflict, had powerful practical consequences: both Republicans and Democrats in Union County showed an initial reluctance to apply the label. By late 1870, however, both sides were deliberately using the term. Political leaders and the state and national press both showed great interest in Union events, sending a bizarre array of representatives from the outside, including detectives, gold miners, a couple dozen armed Bowery Boys, a former filibuster leader, and three U.S. Congressmen and their entourage, into the county to assess and intervene in events in the county.

Keywords:   John E. Kerrigan, Robert K. Scott, Ku-Klux Klan, Bowery Boys, Union County, South Carolina, Racial Violence, Freedmen, Congressional investigation, Philadelph Van Trump

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