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A gentleman, who was formerly a resident of Greenfield, but who has for several years lived in Columbia, S. C., sends to his father one of the many notices posted up on the walls of that city, calling together the members of that mystic order, which is becoming the terror of the poor freedmen of the South. A facsimile of the placard we give below:



Brethren of the Mystic Order, assemble in Solemn Convocation. The Bloody Moon begins its course, and there is work to be done; for the Sacred Serpent has hissed. FAIL NOT!


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This is a representation of a notice from Columbia, South Carolina, calling for a meeting of the Ku-Klux-Klan. The Klan was founded in 1866 by veterans of the Confederate Army. The Klan opposed the policies of Reconstruction (1865-1877) and was effective in keeping freedmen from voting which enabled them to gain political control in many states.


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"Ku-Klux-Klan" article in the Gazette and Courier newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Courier
date   May 18, 1868
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   4.0"
width   3.75"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L05.079

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