Visit Website In the 17th and 18th centuries, black slaves worked mainly on the tobacco, rice and indigo plantations of the southern coast, from the Chesapeake Bay colonies of Maryland and Virginia south to Georgia. One of the first martyrs to the cause of American patriotism was Crispus Attucks, a former slave who was killed by British soldiers during the Boston Massacre of
Revisionist accounts of the origin of the National Rifle Association say it was formed to help freed slaves defend themselves against racist attacks after the Civil War. I want to thank the Lord for our Constitution. I also want to thank the NRA for its legacy. The National Rifle Association was started, founded by religious leaders who wanted to protect freed slaves from the Ku Klux Klan.
They would raise money, buy arms, show the free slaves how to use those arms and protect their families. These sources fall short when it comes to providing evidence to support their claims, however.
Dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops, Union veterans Col. George Wingate formed the National Rifle Association in Ambrose Burnside, who was also the former governor of Rhode Island and a U.
The instructions which had thus been prepared by the writer were afterwards elaborated by him in a series of articles published in the Army and Navy Journal during andwhich excited much discussion in military circles.
They led to the formation of the National Rifle Association in Septemberof which their author was made secretary, and afterwards vice-president and president.
REASONS FOR ITS ORGANIZATION Although the introduction of the rifle as a military weapon was owing to the lessons of our Revolution, and although our success in the earlier contests of our history depended upon the skill in its use displayed by our ancestors, no recognition has been given by our citizens of the fact that the change which has taken place in the habits of the American people is rapidly depriving them of that personal skill in arms and marksmanship which has hitherto formed one of the greatest elements of our national strength.
This is the more to be regretted, as the introduction of long range breech loaders has made this skill of even more importance at the present time; than under the ancient system for not only the conflict between Prussia and Austria, but the more recent French and Prussian contest have demonstrated that the very accuracy and rapidity of fire, which renders these arms so formidable in the hands of trained marksmen, simply results in a waste of ammunition with those unfamiliar with their use, which leaves an army helpless at the decisive moment of battle.
Other nations, recognizing these facts, have long since instituted a thorough system of instruction in rifle practice, France, Germany, Switzerland, and above all, England, and Canada unite in giving to rifle practice a leading position in their systems of military training.
While England has a system of rifle practice which is required to be annually and thoroughly performed by every soldier in her army whether stationed in India, Australia, or Europe, our War Department has not even enforced the system of Major Willard, adopted inand sends raw recruits against the Indian hunters of the plains.
In the National Guard of New York, and other States, a similar apathy has prevailed so that it has been the rule, not the exception, for a man to serve out his full term of enlistment in their ranks without firing a shot. Added meme; swapped out featured image.The first comprehensive examination of the nineteenth-century Ku Klux Klan since the s, Ku-Klux pinpoints the group's rise with startling acuity.
Historians have traced the origins of the Klan to Pulaski, Tennessee, in , but the details behind the group's emergence have long remained shadowy. By parsing the earliest descriptions of the Klan 5/5(3). That said, many activists, politicians, journalists, and academics have used half-truths and outright falsehoods about racial issues that divide people and stir up hatred.
The Ku Klux Klan had a perfect issue which Evans hoped to use to whip up the faithful. But his Invisible Empire had melted from three million in to no more than several hundred thousand, and the Klan was no factor in Hoover’s election.
When Oregon was granted statehood in , it was the only state in the Union admitted with a constitution that forbade black people from living, working, or owning property there.
The Klan began in Tennessee, in the small town of Pulaski, near Memphis. It was founded by Confederate army veterans at a drinking club there and the strange but memorable name was a combination of ‘clan’ and the Greek word kuklos, meaning ‘circle’ or, in this case, social club.
The structure of the Klan after World War I is discussed in J. M.
Mecklin, The Ku Klux Klan (), A. S. Rice, The Ku Klux Klan in American Politics (), N. MacLean, Behind the Mask of Chivalry (), K.
J. Baker, Gospel According to the Klan (), and T. R. Pegram, One Hundred Percent American (). D.