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.

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