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Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan

Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan

A KKK initiation rally photographed in Houston, 1925. (Image Courtesy: Patricia Bernstein) (Above: A KKK initiation rally photographed in Houston, 1921. Image Courtesy: Patricia Bernstein)
Ten Dollars to Hate Book Cover - Patricia BernsteinBefore he became the 30th governor of Texas, Dan Moody was the first prosecutor in the nation to successfully take on and convict members of the Ku Klux Klan.

In the 1920s, the 29-year-old Moody was the district attorney in Williamson County, just north of Austin. His story of taking on the KKK is told in the book Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan by Houston author Patricia Bernstein.

We talk with Bernstein to find out more about who Moody was, the case he prosecuted and the impact the case had on the likelihood of future prosecutions of the Klan in the South in ensuing years.

EVENT: Patricia Bernstein will hold a book signing at Houston’s Brazos Bookstore on Friday, March 17, at 7 p.m.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →