and that somehow changes Barton being a cherry picking hack?<quoted text>
On page 146 of his book, Professor Foner wrote:
Founded in 1866 as a Tennessee social club,
the Ku Klux Klan spread into nearly every Southern state,
launching a reign of terror against Republican leaders black and white.
Page 184 of his book contains the definitive statements:
In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic party,
the planter class,
and all those who desired the restoration of white supremacy.
It aimed to destroy the Republican partys infrastructure,
undermine the Reconstruction state,
reestablish control of the black labor force,
and restore racial subordination in every aspect of Southern life.
by the way who was the "planter class".
they still exist?
and what political party caters to their wishes currently?
just to help out
" was composed of the whites who owned plantations growing sugar, cotton, tobacco, etc., and slaves. They were the upper class and considered higher than either free working people or slaves who were at the bottom."
which party caters to that group in today's politics?