Enforcement Act, 1870


This Act was designed to protect black voters. Unfortunately, those who witnessed such violations were usually unwilling to testify so further legislation was soon necessary. There was a Second Enforcement Act in 1871 and a Third Enforcement Act (also known as the Ku Klux Klan Act), also in 1871, which served the same basic purposes. This Third Act strengthened sanctions against those who impeded black suffrage. It gave the President the right to use federal forces to enforce the law.

Source:Boyer, Paul, Clifford Clark, and Joseph Kett, eds. The Enduring Vision. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.