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A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan's Plot to Take Over America

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ClassGraphic This study group will explore important evidence for the historical roots of extremism in our country today. We will discuss the world of the KKK as examined by acclaimed author, Timothy Egan’s thrilling, A Fever In The Heartland: The Klu Klux Klan’s Plot To Overtake America and The Woman Who Stopped Them (Penguin Group, 2023). This book examines how one man, Grand Dragon of the KKK, D. C. Stephenson, strategically controlled federal and state leaders, local legislatures, and special interest groups to create viciously racist policies, and a movement throughout Indiana to foster hate and terror. Average citizens, merchants, dentists, bankers, and teachers attended large Klan rallies, where Stephenson spoke to people’s fears of the other. An admirer of Mussolini, a fraud, con man, adulterer, and alcoholic, Stephenson’s reign of terror ended in October 1925 in Hamilton County, Indiana, when a jury convicted him of murdering a strong, brave woman, Madge Oberholtzer. Birth of a White Nation (Strategic Book Publishing, 2013) by Northwestern PhD. Jacqueline Battalora will supplement our discussion.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Tue

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Nancy Kelly-Martin2.Diane Valencia 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/5/2023 - 12/5/2023 Weekly - Tue 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Diane Valencia  ; Nancy Kelly-Martin 
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