Humphry Curtis deposition regarding KKK murders

Humphry Curtis deposition regarding KKK murders

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Curtis, Humphry
Title: Humphry Curtis deposition regarding KKK murders
Dates: 1868 November 5
Quantity: 1.0 folder(s)
Coll. Number: ms3604

Biographical/Historical Note

The first iteration of the Ku Klux Klan was founded in 1865 in Pulaski, Tennessee, by veterans of the Confederate Army in response to Reconstruction era policies that offered African Americans new liberties. The Klan targeted freedmen and their associates and frequently used threats, violence, and murder to intimidate them. The 1868 Presidential election was the first since the Civil War and the murder documented by this deposition was most likely committed in effort to keep African Americans from voting.

Scope and Content Note

Humphry Curtis' deposition regarding Ku Klux Klan intimidation related to the Election of 1868. The document describes a racially motivated murder to which Humphry Curtis was witness in which a group of KKK members dragged his father William Curtis out of his home and shot him several times.

Index Terms

Hate groups--United States.
Ku Klux Klan (1915- ).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Humphry Curtis deposition regarding KKK murders, ms3604, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

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