From other sites I found that they wanted to retain as much as possible from the older order of things. They weren't sure what to expect now that the slaves were free. Families also were in dismay because they suffered the loss of loved ones and destruction of property. Also some thought that the best idea was to leave the South so that they could get away from the stress of their ruined plantations. Others decided that violence was the best way to go. They opposed the freedom of the African Americans (AFAM) to much, that they resorted to hurting and killing AFAM.