A mob outside the Hose home grew to about 2,000, with some chartering a train car to catch the anticipated violence. The mob seized Hose, stripped him bare, chained him securely to a tree, piled wood around him, and drenched everything in kerosene. Drawing the agony out, the mob used knives to slice off Hose's ears, fingers and genitals and they sadistically peeled the skin on his face like an orange. According to a news story from the time, the crowd cheered as a lit inferno caused their victim’s veins to rupture from the heat. Hose screamed, “Oh my God! Oh Jesus!” as spurts of blood hissed in the fire. When Hose finally died, the crowd surged ahead seeking souvenirs. They cut out his heart, liver, and other body parts for safekeeping in formaldehyde-filled jars at home. Thos who missed the spectacle could buy pieces of bone and tissue for weeks afterwards and the black scholar W.E.B. DuBois, teaching in Atlanta, later recalled seeing Hose’s knuckles on display in a storefront window.
The original Ku Klux Klan of the Reconstruction era disappeared in part because of pressure against the terrorist group by the Federal government during the Grant administration. The Klan was reborn - to persecute Eastern and Southern European immigrants, Catholics, and Jews in addition to African Americans -- in a ceremony at Stone Mountain (pictured above) in Newt Gingrich's home state of Georgia in 1915. (Photo from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan.)
The Ku Klux Klan of the Reconstruction Era routinely bullwhipped blacks considered “uppity” because they expected decent compensation for their work at shops or as sharecroppers. A Klansman testifying before a Congressional Committee in the 1870s admitted that he and other members of the KKK whipped black women for “daring to dress up like ladies” rather than maids. This is how white men in Newt Gingrich’s home state of Georgia, in South Carolina, and across Dixie, kept black people “in their place.” The idea was to convince blacks that if they could be killed for even trivial violations of racial etiquette, they better not assert themselves politically. As the African American historian Carter G. Woodson put it: