The Klan Claims a Victim

Lead: After the Civil War, Southern conservative whites struggled to regain power. One of their tools was the Ku Klux Klan.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In the first months after Appomattox power in many southern states remained in the hands of those who had lead those states out of the Union. During Reconstruction, Radical governments, dominated by Black legislators and their white allies assumed control backed by Federal troops. Conservative whites were cut out of the action and in the decade beginning in 1867 resorted to clandestine organizations to intimidate their enemies.



Integration Comes to Little Rock

Lead: Opposition to the desegregation of Central High School was the beginning of a decade of resistance in the south.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan RobertsContent: In 1954 the Supreme Court of the United States decided in Brown vs. The Topeka Board of Education that separate but equal schools were unconstitutional. In the wake of the subsequent decree that instructed parties to pursue desegregation with "all deliberate speed," the Little Rock, Arkansas School Board, a fairly progressive body at that time, began planning to desegregate the schools.