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Ku Klux Klan To Davie Jeems

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09090 Author/Creator: Ku Klux Klan Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: circa 1868 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Threatening a Black office-holder. "Notice/To Jeems, Davie, you must be a good boy...at night I am a Ku Klux sent here to look after you and all the rest of the radicals and make you know your place. I have got my eye on you every day...[T]ell Platt Madison we have, a Box, For him and you. We nail all, radicals up in Boxes and send them away to KKK. There is 200 000 ded men returned to this country to make you and all the rest of the radicals good Democrats and vote right with the white people...no nigger is safe unless he joins the Democratic Club...give all your Friends timely warning." Note on verso in reference to the write: "This man was elected in April to the Sheriffs Office of the County of Lincoln [Georgia]. Similar threats have prevented all the other Republican officers from taking their commissions."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Ku Klux Klan, African American History, Election, Republican Party, Democratic Party, Government and Civics

Sub Era: Reconstruction