Topics: Ku Klux Klan, Southern United States, Reconstruction era of the United States Pages: 3 (464 words) Published: March 6, 2013
DBQ 10: Reconstruction’s Failure

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Question: Why according to Congressman Boyer, should African Americans be denied the right to vote?

Not equals of white Americans and not entitled to participate in the gov’t of this country

Question: Do you suppose that the racist viewpoint was widely held at this time? Explain.

Only 5 Northern states allowed African American men to vote even in North

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Question: What, according to General Thomas, was the purpose of the Ku Klux Klan?

A secret group of men to rally around their views on African Americans

Question: Look back to the document-based question. How did the Ku Klux Klan help to undermine Congress’ effort to ensure equal rights to freedmen?

Organized by white Southerners to undermine radical reconstruction efforts

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Question: How did the restoration of voting rights to white Southerners undermine efforts to preserve and protect the voting rights of the freedmen?

White democrats would rally behind old confederate beliefs
Freedmen had no protection with out support of Republicans
Freedmen rights would be undermined by the white voters
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Question: What is the editorial advocating?

Editor of this large southern newspaper openly called for the formation of “white leagues” to restist by “brute force” Reconstruction efforts (KKK)

Called for Northern Democrats to help overturn Republican “radicals” and “negroes” who had subjected southern whites to “indignities’

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Question: How did this Democratic victory help to undermine Congress’ effort to help the freedmen?

In the 1874 congressional elections the democrats won the control of the House.

What factors discredited the Republican Party during the early 1870s? Explain.

Congressional Republicans severely weakened began to loose grip on Reconstruction of the south

Did not get re-elected

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Question: According to DuBois, how were...
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