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  • 1. After looking at the pictures ofsome of what the South looked likeafter Sherman marched through, if you were a Southerner in 1866, how would you react to what you just saw? Write a paragraph that explains your reaction on your handout.
  • 2. No better• As a way to keep some kind of control, many Southern states passed a series of laws called Black Codes to keep the former slaves in positions of semi-slavery.
  • 3. No better• They set up curfews so that African Americans could not gather after dark or could be whipped, fined, or sold into a year’s labor if they did not have a job.
  • 4. No better•The codes said that blacks could only work on the farm or in the house.
  • 5. No better•Some had to sign year- long labor contracts and if they left early they did not get paid and were arrested as being vagrants.
  • 6. response• Other whites were angry that so much had been given to African Americans and in response some joined an organization called the “Ku Klux Klan,” which was formed in 1866.
  • 7. response• Members agreed to “defend the social and political superiority” of whites against the “aggressions of an inferior race.”
  • 8. response• In an effort to intimidate Republicans, both whites and African Americans, the Klan became the United States’ first true terrorist organization, covering themselves in long white robes and hoods and appearing from
  • 9. response• Their actions might include planting burning crosses in front of their victims homes, dragging their victims from their homes and harassing, torturing, kidnapping, or even murdering them.