Feb
1
7:00 PM19:00

Book Fest - Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas

The Margot Rosenberg Pulitzer
Dallas Jewish Bookfest

Engaging The Community with Exceptional Authors and Books

Patricia Bernstein
Ten Dollars to Hate

Thursday, February 1, 2018 | 7 pm
Aaron Family JCC
$10 in advance | $15 at the door

Ten Dollars to Hate tells the story of the massive Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s - by far the most "successful" incarnation since its inception in the ashes of the Civil War - and the first prosecutor in the nation to successfully convict and jail Klan members. Dan Moody, a twenty-nine-year-old Texas district attorney, demonstrated that Klansmen could be punished for taking the law into their own hands - in this case, for the vicious flogging of a young World War I veteran.

The 1920s Klan numbered in the millions and infiltrated politics and law enforcement across the United States, not just in the Deep South. Several states elected Klan-sponsored governors and US senators. Klansmen engaged in extreme violence against whites as well as blacks, promoted outrageous bigotry against various ethnic groups, and boycotted non-Klan businesses.

A few courageous public officials tried to make Klansmen pay for their crimes, notably after Klan assaults in California and Texas and two torture-murders in Louisiana. All failed until September 1923 when Dan Moody convicted and won significant prison time for five Klansmen in a tense courtroom in Georgetown, Texas. Moody became a national sensation overnight and went on to become the youngest governor of Texas at the age of 33.

The Georgetown cases were the beginning of the end for this iteration of the Klan. Two years later, the head of the Klan in Indiana was convicted of murdering a young woman. Membership dwindled almost as quickly as it had grown, but the Klan's poisonous influence lingered through the decades that followed. Ten Dollars to Hate explores this pivotal - and brutal - chapter in the history of America.

Presented with Dallas Jewish Historical Society and the Jewish Book Council 

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Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Humanities Texas Book Fair 2017--Austin

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HOLIDAY BOOK FAIR -- Austin

Meet The Authors & Buy Their Books

All Proceeds Benefit Hurricane Harvey Recovery

Humanities Texas will host its annual Holiday Book Fair at the historic Byrne-Reed House on Saturday, December 9, 2017. A number of noteworthy authors, including Monte Akers, Michael Barnes, Chris Barton, Olga Campos Benz, Patricia Bernstein, Daina Ramey Berry, John B. Boles, George Bristol, Chad S. Conine, Michael Corcoran, David Courtney, Mike Cox, Greg Garrett, Joseph Huerta, Michael Hurd, Alison Macor, Donna Marie Miller, Carmen Oliver, William E. Reaves, Kathleen Shafer, Jeremi Suri, Don Tate, Deb Olin Unferth, Mark K. Updegrove, Eddie Wilson, and Jennifer Ziegler, will visit with the public and sign copies of their latest books.

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Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

When Courage Battled Hatred in 1920s: Talk at Gordon Jewish Community Center Nashville

Gordon Jewish Community Center Nashville

Texas writer Patricia Bernstein will tell a Nashville audience how the Ku Klux Klan rose in power nearly 100 years ago and how a young prosecutor successfully convicted KKK members. She speaks on Monday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville, TN  37205.

The event is sponsored by the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. It is free and open to the public.

Bernstein’s talk will be rooted in her most recent book, “Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man who Fought the Klan,” published this year by Texas A&M University Press. She was born in El Paso and grew up in Dallas, where she was a member of the Temple Emanu-El congregation. She graduated from Smith College and has run her own public relations agency, Bernstein & Associates, in Houston since 1983. She has written for Texas Monthly, Cosmopolitan and the Smithsonian Magazine.

She sees “Ten Dollars to Hate,” her third book, as particularly timely.

“When I began to research the story of the 1920s ‘Super Klan,’ the only mass-movement version of the KKK, I thought it was interesting history that was not well-known,” she says in an email. “With the events of the last year or two, I have come to feel that it is critical history that everyone should know. 

“There are uncomfortable similarities between life in the United States in the early 1920s and what we are experiencing today. … We see irrational fear and paranoia directed at immigrants and refugees because of the actions of a tiny minority. Then it was Jews and Catholics who were feared; today it is Muslims. 

“We also see the prevalence of ‘fake news,’ which was not invented by social media,” she writes. “The Klan spread vulgar, fantastical lies about various ethnic groups.  Many gullible and ignorant Americans believed them.”

“Ten Dollars to Hate” explores the rise of the 1920s Klan, whose ranks numbered in the millions, a news release from Texas A&M Press says. The Klan attained widespread control of politics and law enforcement across the United States, not just in the Deep South. Several states elected Klan-sponsored governors and U.S. senators. Klansmen engaged in extreme violence against whites as well as blacks, promoted outrageous bigotry against various ethnic groups and boycotted non-Klan businesses.

A few courageous public officials tried to make Klansmen pay for their crimes, but all failed until September 1923, when young Dan Moody convicted and won serious prison time for five Klansmen in a tense courtroom in Georgetown, Texas.

Moody became a national sensation overnight and went on to become Texas’ youngest governor ever at the age of 33. He was even considered as a possible vice-presidential running mate for Franklin Roosevelt.

In Texas, the Klan quickly dwindled. The final blow to the entire national movement arrived in 1925 when the head of the Klan in Indiana was convicted of murder for brutally raping a young woman who subsequently died.

Bernstein says, “We do not need to indulge in fantasy scenarios like ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ or ‘The Man in the High Castle’ or Philip Roth’s novel, ‘The Plot Against America,’ to imagine what would happen if an extremist right-wing group took over our cities and states. We have already seen it in the 1920s. … It was a horrifying spectacle.

“The fight against the 1920s KKK also gives us hope and instruction in how to fight such a great evil successfully—lessons we can apply today.” •

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Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Jewish Literary and Cultural Arts Festival - Memphis Jewish Community Center

Jewish Literary and Cultural Arts Festival

Patricia Bernstein will read from her new book, Ten Dollars To Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought The Clan, on November 14 at 7:00 PM.

Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38138, at the corner of Aaron Brenner Drive and Poplar.

901.761.0810

 

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Nov
9
12:30 PM12:30

Book Festival: Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta

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26th Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA
November 4 - 19
40+Authors/2 Epic Weeks

Patricia Bernstein will read from her new book, Ten Dollars To Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought The Clan, on November 9, at 12:30 PM.

Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta - Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, Georgia 30338.

678.812.4000

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Nov
5
11:00 AM11:00

The Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival | Houston

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About the Annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival

Inspiring and entertaining, the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival annually delivers a variety of opportunities for the community to learn and experience Jewish literary, culture and performing arts.

The Festival is one of the city's leading cultural and literary events, attracting a large and varied audience of over 10,000 people of all ages and is recognized as one of the largest Jewish Book & Arts Festivals in the nation.  

Patricia Bernstein will read from her new book, Ten Dollars To Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought The Clan, on November 5 at 11:00 am.  

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, 5601 S. Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096.

713.729.3200

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Sep
6
12:00 PM12:00

Bullock Museum High Noon Talk: Ten Dollars to Hate

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.

1800 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

(512) 936 - 8746

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Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

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
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

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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Mar
17
7:00 PM19:00

Brazos Bookstore Reading

BOOK SIGNING/READING FOR HOUSTONIAN’S NEW BOOK ON THE KU KLUX KLAN, MARCH 17, AT BRAZOS BOOKSTORE

 

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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