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