Bullock Museum High Noon Talk: Ten Dollars to Hate


September 6, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Hear about the Texans who took a stand against the Klan

Program Details:

Held on the first Wednesday of every month, High Noon Talks highlight interesting and often untold topics through this casual lunch-time lecture.

Join author Patricia Bernstein for a talk on her book Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan. The book chronicles the actions of brave individuals who stood up during the troubling 1920s in Texas. An era that most people associate with jazz, flappers, bootleg liquor or progressivism,  was also a time of fear and brutality thanks to the second coming of the Ku Klux Klan in Texas.

Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

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7:00pm 7:00pm

The Houston Chronicle Investigates -- Books & Bylines: KKK and Race in Texas

The Houston Chronicle Investigates -- Three authors discuss Texas race relations and race-related violence, both past and present.

What's the legacy of white supremacy? In his book Tomlinson Hill, Houston Chronicle business columnist Chris Tomlinson describes his slave-holding family's cotton planation and traces slavery's echoes through the descendants of the people, both white and black, who lived there. And in this year's Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan, Patricia Bernstein explores the history of racial violence, the KKK and lynchings. With social activist Larry Payne, they'll discuss Texas race relations and race-related violence, both past and present. The last in a series of Summer events co-sponsored by Houston Public Libraries and the Houston Chronicle.

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The Williamson County Courthouse Presentation and Book Signing
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Williamson County Courthouse Presentation and Book Signing

Meet Patricia Bernstein, the author of the new book Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan, about Dan Moody and the Klan trials of 1923 and 1924.  Ms. Bernstein will discuss the story and books will be available for sale at the Courthouse.  This event will take place in the actual courthouse where the Klan trials occurred. 

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Brazos Bookstore Reading



Patricia Bernstein, Houston author and historian, will be reading from her new book, Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Ku Klux Klan, on Friday, March 17, at 7 PM at Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street.  The book is being published by Texas A & M University Press.

Ten Dollars to Hate, in a remarkably apt tale for our own time, tells the story of the 1920s Ku Klux Klan, the only mass-movement incarnation of the Klan with millions of members all across the United States, not just in the Deep South. The 1920s Klan was not only racist, but also virulently anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant. The group also set itself up as a moral arbiter, punishing violators of traditional moral codes, such as bootleggers, moonshiners, vagrants and gamblers, wife beaters and deserters, abortionists and adulterers. The 1920s Klan took over law enforcement and the municipal government of many cities and towns across the country, elected Klan-sponsored governors and sent Klan-sponsored senators to Washington.

The book is framed by the story of one brutal assault by klansmen and the trials that followed. On Easter Sunday 1923, klansmen kidnapped and viciously flogged a young World War I veteran who was accused of having an affair with a local widow. Both were white.

A 29-year old Texas district attorney and forgotten hero, Dan Moody, became the first prosecutor in the U.S. to succeed in convicting klansmen for assault and getting them serious prison time in a series of tense trials in Georgetown. Moody became a national sensation overnight and, in 1926, was elected the youngest governor Texas ever had at the age of 33. There was even talk of running him on a national ticket with Franklin Roosevelt. Moody used his intimate knowledge of the law and his powerful courtroom presence to confront and defeat one of the great evils of his time – serving as an inspiration for our own difficult times.

It tells the story of how select individuals had the courage to stand up and oppose popular extremism.
— Fred Zeidman, Chairman Emeritus of the board, US Holocaust Museum

Comprehensive details of the March 17 event can be found on on the Brazos Bookstore website. For more information for the public, contact Brazos Bookstore at 713-523-0701.

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