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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentOther - Politics & Government · 1 decade ago

WOULD a confederate soldier be on the kkk side??

a confederate soldier is a soldier from the south during the civil war and i was wondering even though the kkk formed afterwards would a onfederate soldier favor the kkk or oppose it?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    They fought to keep slavery as confederate soldiers. They fought to keep blacks from getting civil rights are members of the KKK. They were the same people.

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  • j615
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Forrest resigned from the KKK, now I do believe he was a racist man but even he felt the organization was getting out of hand. Really its hard to defend the KKK, you can't by no terms deny the current groups belief. The KKK is wrong in thier views by my opinion but people will argue the organization was formed under different standards.

    I can't really support that in anything I have read though I don't read a lot about the KKK in general, I do feel that it was formed out of a different belief than what it is today. Forrest accepted his defeat and even urged his troops to fall back into civil life. I don't really believe his soul purpose in life was to form a group of sheet wearing good ol boys and live out his days. But again that is just my belief, I will be the first to tell you that the man was a whirl pool of the time having a great mixture of ideals.

    That being said, I think some Confederates would have joined either out of the fellowship found in the war or the bitterness that followed. People with a storybook education will reason that a Confederate would join because he wanted to keep slavery and that the war itself was about slavery. That is just simple dripple that will get you an easy A on a grade school book report.

    The war itself was about many things, and I would imagine the KKK took on as a draw for those ideas. Most Confederates were tired of fighting, just like the Yankees. The idea of the war was behind them and it was just down to living the rest of thier lives.

    I think the majority would not want to relive the years past.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Despite the ignorance shown by MANY on here, not all confederate soldiers believed in slavery. There were soldiers from the confederacy who although they owned no slaves and didn't believe in slavery still fought for their homeland. In point of fact, if you will study pre-Civil War history you will see that although slavery was an issue, it was not the KEY issue that it i.s made today. A major part of the problem actually was economic imbalances dealing with taxation and imbalance of trade. Remember HIS STORY is written by the victorious in war.

    I might also point out that what the KKK has become is not what it originally formed as (as with most organizations). They were originally founded as a form of defense for those in the South following the Civil War as carpet baggers and Black Northerners became the law. There were MANY cases in which Northerners raped white Southern women, but because the law was all made up of their friends then any case was thrown out.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Actually, most Confederates weren't particularly racist; in fact they were, generally, less racist than the Union side. The concept of racism is really a modern perception of what happened in that time, that has little basis in the historic evidence. They were opposed to a variety of political and economic situations, including such issues as what they felt to be unfair representation and taxation. Confederates had nothing to gain from attacking or persecuting people of color. Those people were important workers in caring for the crops that fed an entire nation, and while they did not get the credit due them (and farm workers still don't get enough credit or compensation for the vital work they do), a wise farm owner took halfway-decent care of his human resources, much like a wise company takes halfway-decent care of its employees today. Our standards of "halfway-decent" have just come up in the past 140 years.

    The KKK is based on an entirely different perspective than the Confederacy was, and likely would have attracted racist people from all areas of the nation, probably fairly equally.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, I think a former Confederate soldier would be with the KKK. That is the entire reason the South fought in the Civil War; to keep their slaves. That's what those idiots in the KKK try to fight for. Another reason a Rebel soldier would join up is simply to support their old leader, General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

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  • 1 decade ago

    KKK was formed by Confederate officers.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Favor

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  • 1 decade ago

    HISTORIAN SHELBY fOOTE SAID BOTH THE WHITE AND BLACKS SUFFERED FOR EIGHTY YEARS AFTER THE WAR ENDED.

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  • hector
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    yup

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  • 1 decade ago

    yes they both were racist and felt that minorities (black people or other non white people) were unequal and that white people are superior.

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