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Raven123

(5,568 posts)
Wed Jul 10, 2024, 08:52 AM Jul 10

A Fever in the Heartland by Timothy Egan

Just finished this 2023 book about on the rise and fall of D.C. Stephenson who in the 1920s became the Grand Dragon of the KKK in Indiana. It is a chilling study of bigotry extending to everyone who wasn’t a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant male, how that organization infiltrated the highest realms of government, how it spread beyond the borders of Indiana, and how it was undone by a brutal crime by Stephenson that frankly he could have gotten away with except for some extraordinary events.

The similarities between then and now are too many to ignore.

I highly recommend this book, but be prepared to be disturbed.

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