Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mrs. Emma Falconer]
“There was the union League, a secret political soceity that had its branches in most of the southern states, some under different names. They told the slaves their old masters were making arrangements to re-enslave them and this aroused more trouble and caused some of the many unlawful acts of the reconstruction period, it was believed. It was by means of these soceities the negroes were made to believe they were to be given forty acres and a mule. These soceities were offset by the Ku-Klux Klan which was intended to restore order, as well as a protection to the communities which were suffering from these troubles. However the spirit of it was often violated by parties doing unjust things in the name of the Klan.
“When the southern men who were capable leaders gained control of affairs, after several years and much needless expense which the states had been subject to by these politicians who were making their office's an excuse for their own private gains, the troubles began to gradually die down. When the northern opinion had become disgusted with the dishonesty that had been practiced in the name of the Republican party there came a welcome end to this humiliating and bitter rule. While both factions were busy trying to solve this problem it solved itself with the help of their former masters. When the negroes saw that they had to go to work to live they let the white man arrange for them to