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Best of: What stopped the rise of the Klan in the ‘20s?


A new book by author Timothy Egan looks at the second birth of the Ku Klux Klan, in the 1920s, and how it was particularly popular here in the Midwest. At one point, the Klan boasted that its members included a significant number of Illinois state legislators, and it even more fully penetrated the government in Indiana. The book focuses on the KKK's Midwestern leader and how his depraved personal actions ultimately led to the downfall of the Klan.

Egan joined The 21st to discuss the story, his research, and more.


Timothy Egan

Author, A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan’s Plot to Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them

A version of this conversation was first broadcast April 10, 2023.


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