Even for the Time, Wilson was Caught Saying Very Racist Things
#1. “The white men were roused by a mere instinct of self-preservation—until at last there had sprung into existence a great Ku Klux Klan, a veritable empire of the South, to protect the Southern country.”
This quote from Woodrow Wilson’s 1901 work, A History of the American People tells everything that needs to be known about his feelings on the KKK. In Wilson’s mind, the Klan were the true victims of Reconstruction. They were only doing what was best for them, and apparently, Wilson thinks that they should not be faulted for it.