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A Visit from the Ku Klux

After the end of slavery, African Americans, particularly those who attempted to exercise their right to vote, were often the victims of harassment, intimidation, and murder at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan was a secret society founded by former Confederate military officers during Reconstruction; it was dedicated to maintaining white supremacy. This Harper's Weekly illustration from 1872 was meant to elicit sympathy from white Northern readers for African-American victims of the Klan.

Source | Frank Bellew, "A Visit from the Ku-Klux," wood engraving, Harper's Weekly, 24 February 1872; From Library of Congress,
Creator | Frank Bellew
Item Type | Poster/Print
Cite This document | Frank Bellew, “A Visit from the Ku Klux,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed December 5, 2023,

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