The KKK's lasting legacy was and always will be known for their white supremacy in the southern part of the United States. In 1868, the KKK wrote a formal threat to Davie Jeems, who was a newly elected sheriff of Lincoln County, and who was also black. The threat to Jeems is a representation of the not-so-discreet nature of the KKK and how they dealt with their biases. Furthermore, this note serves as a representation to the history of the KKK and their common attacks on blacks. The KKK member tells Jeems to "tell platt Madison we have, a Box. For him and you." and that they "nail all, radicals up in Boxes and send them away to KKK". The KKK member basically says to know their places, or else they'll end up in boxes. This sort of racial intimidation is a lasting legacy of the KKK and will remain with them until ends.
Letter from KKK to Davie Jeems
The KKK's influence during the Reconstruction represents a failure of the overall period due to the high volume of hate crimes committed against African-Americans. One of these cases occurred when a Klansman hanged a Canadian minister, William Luke, because it apparently an offense to teach other freedmen to read and write. This example can be used as a representation of how many needless murders or acts of violence were committed against innocent freedmen. A bystander claims that " they shot one very bad negro, putting six balls in his head.", and the reason for this was because he was "stirring them up insubordination". This murder of an innocent black man was a representation of the unnecessary amount of deaths of blacks and how it was a failure of the Reconstruction.