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Reconstructing AppalachiaThe Civil War's Aftermath$
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Andrew L. Slap and Andrew L. Slap

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125817

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125817.001.0001

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Reconstruction-era Violence in North Georgia

Reconstruction-era Violence in North Georgia

The Mossy Creek Ku Klux Klan’s Defense of Local Autonomy

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(p.49) Chapter 2 Reconstruction-era Violence in North Georgia
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Reconstructing Appalachia
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Keith S. Hébert

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125817.003.0003

The Mossy Creek Ku Klux Klan formed shortly after the Republican Party's strong second-place showing in White and Habersham counties during the 1868 Georgia gubernatorial election. Politics influenced the founding of the Mossy Creek Ku Klux Klan, but by the end of 1868, the organization had shifted its focus toward resisting revenuers sent to enforce the federal liquor tax, whose actions had threatened local autonomy in the region. By the winter of 1870, the Mossy Creek Klan—with Democratic Party domination in the region assured—shifted the focus of its violence toward federal agents responsible for prosecuting liquor tax violators.

Keywords:   Mossy Creek, Georgia, election, Democratic Party, domination

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