After the Civil War the “Southern Redeemer Movement,” this was made up of former slave owners, who sabotaged the Civil War amendments. The Civil War Amendments were the 13th, the 14th, and the 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution. The so-called “Redeemers” sought to sabotage all of the amendments and in fact pulled one of the most colossal tricks in world history. Each of the amendments, which were enacted to provide civil rights for black Americans,was sabotaged in specific ways.
The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery in America, and was ratified in 1865, after the end of the Civil War. But there was a slick trick attached to it. Read the 13th Amendment. It says, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime where of the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” The key phrase in this amendment is “Except as a punishment for crime.” This is key because it allowed the southern states to arrest black on false charges, fine them usually under a vagrancy law, and ship them off in chains back to a plantation to work off a fine that they could not pay. This was simply slavery by another name.
The 14th Amendment granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.” This included former slaves that were freed as a result of the southern slave owners losing the war. The 14th Amendment says in part, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” The former slave owners, through their henchmen in the Congress, all voted against this, and when they lost the vote they sabotaged the due process section with all-white juries and violence.
By the time the 15th Amendment was ratified, the former slave owning southern states had come up with trick after trick to deny blacks their rights, The 15th Amendment gave blacks the right to vote, but it was sabotaged by poll taxes, literacy tests, grandfather clauses, and violence. It would take another 100 years to undo all of this sabotage. During the time after the Civil War, all the way up to 1965, racist confederate sympathizers built statues and monuments to their dead and to their heroes (not our heroes) in order to invent a false history about their unjust war to maintain slavery and white supremacy. This is why they are running around with torches and guns because their lies and trickery are being exposed. May Americans have become aware of the false history that the former slave owners passed on to their sometimes unsuspecting ancestors. All three amendments were sabotaged by the southern states through vagrancy laws, Jim Crow laws, all-white juries, poll taxes, literacy tests, grandfather clauses, and the violence of lynching, burning, and torture.
Neo-confederates can no longer escape the real history of their slave-owning racist past, not to mention their traitorous cause to split the country into two that cost the lives of hundreds of thousands. Over 600,000 people lost their lives in the Civil War, more than any other American war. Racist white terror was a principle method that was used, but other methods such as literacy tests were used to determine a voter’s ability to read and write, and thus be eligible to vote. The problem: it was used to prevent even literate blacks from voting, often by using difficult to read medical books. Poll taxes had to be paid to gain access to the voting booth as soon as a black arrived at the courthouse to vote. While Grandfather Clauses disqualified black voters if he, his father, or his grandfather had been eligible to vote before Jan. 1, 1867. The intent of these clauses was to block former slaves and their descendants from voting.
The present-day neo-confederates and other extremist white supremacist groups have learned to lie quite a bit. They lie about the reasons for the Civil War, they lie about slavery, they lie about the treatment of blacks, they lie about the fact that many whites refused to fight for the confederacy, they lie about that racist flag, they lie, lie, lie! These lies worked in the past to a greater degree than they do now, but the masters of plentiful lies are beginning to fall over their own fabrications.