Sep 4, 2021

The Danger of Vigilante Justice (audio)

In 1870, the new Attorney General and President Grant recognized they could not permit the Ku Klux Klan to terrorize and rule the South. A lesson for our time.

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Audio recordings of regular posts, narrated by author and journalist Steven Beschloss, focused on democracy, justice, politics and society.
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An 1867 illustration of Ku Klux Klan members preparing to lynch Abraham Lincoln. (Kean Collection/Getty Images)

Dear Friends,

This is the written post from yesterday, September 3, read aloud by me and included below. The passage of the draconian Texas abortion ban—and the refusal of the US Supreme Court to stop it from going into effect—underscores my gro…

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