Bombing Attacks in the United States Essay
After a series of financial hardships (losing his house and farm) and personnel tragedy (his wife became chronically ill), Kehoe blamed the new tax and the new constructed school for his predicament. Over a several month period, Kehoe transported an explosive call …show more content…
The man responsible and convicted of the bombing was Robert Edward Chambliss. Robert Edward Chambliss was a long standing member of the Ku Klux Klan who was responsible for the firebombing of several African American homes from 1940’s to the 1960’s.
The Klan classifies itself as a Christian organization with a long history of violence. Although African Americans have usually been the Klan's primary target, the Klan also has targeted Jews, immigrants, gays/lesbians and Catholics. The Klan frequently uses intimations tactics, such as bombings, cross burnings and beatings, to scare witnesses from testifying against them. The primary purpose of the 16th Street bombing was to instill fear in those supporting Civil Rights Movement.
Chambliss was initially charged for the four murders, but was found not guilty of murder. He did receive a $100 fine and six month jail sentence for the dynamite charge. Fourteen years later, Chambliss was re-tried and found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. His accomplices Thomas Blanton and Bobby Cherry were tried and convicted nearly 30 years after the bombing.
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