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Patricia Bernstein is available for a discussion with any book club that chooses Ten Dollars to Hate as a reading selection. She can explain how she got the idea for the book and how she conducted her research, including meeting and interviewing descendants of Ralph Burleson and Fannie Campbell, the two people whose testimony was the focus of the 1923 trials of klansmen in Georgetown after a Klan group brutally attacked Ralph.
The story of these trials, conducted in a two-tiered courtroom in the beautiful old Williamson County Courthouse, is reminiscent of the trial at the heart of To Kill a Mockingbird, except that these trials of Klan members were real.
Ms. Bernstein can explain how the historical KKK of the 1920s relates to social and political currents in today’s society, and how the same concerns have roiled our country repeatedly since the founding of the U.S.
Ten Dollars to Hate is also the story of how a very brave, very young prosecutor used his intimate knowledge of the law to stand up to the great evil of his time – an inspiration for today.