The Democrats would do the same thing today if it were in their interests.
Not inherently inconsistent with fighting the KKK.
It would be interesting to read a analysis of his career by a historian with no axe to grind. But such are hard to come by.
The racial violence in the South after the war was not necessarily always and only the result of evil white men attacking innocent blacks.
Although that was no doubt the general trend.
The Civil War casts a long shadow.....NC was a divided state in those days. The foothills and mountain regions pretty much were Unionist in their sympathy, and in some places were in revolt against the Confederate gov’t. Union forces occupied the coast early in the war, and the central and eastern parts of the state were pretty solidly Confederate. Even today the politics of the state reflect those divisions- the coast and east generally have dominated state politics in the past century or so. The Republicans after the war were seen as part of an enemy occupation force, and didn’t do too well in the most populous areas. And one of the scars left after the war- politics were not something that got discussed much. The older people when I was child taught me that politics were subject to be avoided- being a Republican in a Southern Democrat world meant your people had been on the wrong side.... Of course, that world is vanishing here. God only knows what the future will bring....
I’ve often wondered why so many blacks are democrats. I’m surprised this possibility never occurred to me before, but could it be because they were historically hanged for being Republicans? Even today, witness how they’re treated when they openly advocate anything associated with Republicans. At the very least, they’re called Uncle Toms. Often it’s more severe.
I think too many Americans don’t know the KKK was Democrats. Perhaps if the mascot of the Democrat Party was cloaked in a white sheet with its ears, and tail protruding the symbol would be the clear message needed.