Patricia Bernstein

Ten Dollars to Hate

The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan

About the Book

Suddenly, a book about another time for our time.

Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan tells the story of the 1920s Ku Klux Klan, the only mass-movement incarnation of the KKK with millions of members across the United States, not just in the Deep South.

It also celebrates a forgotten hero: Dan Moody was a 29-year-old Texas district attorney when he succeeded in convicting klansmen for a brutal assault and getting them serious prison time in a series of tense trials in Georgetown, Texas. He became a national sensation overnight and, a few years later, 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.

Ten Dollars to Hate was a finalist for the Ramirez Family Award from the Texas Institute of Letters and was named twice by the Austin American-Statesman as one of the 53 best books ever written about Texas.


This Southern Poverty Law Center site offers a brief overview of the entire history of the Ku Klux Klan.

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“Really an incredible read.”

– Julie Mason, host of The Press Pool show on SiriusXM’s POTUS Politics channel (124)

“The Second Ku Klux Klan needed stopping, and the brave, successful prosecution by Dan Moody was flawless. The heart-stopping narrative by Patricia Bernstein is a winner.”

— Morris Dees, Cofounder of the Southern Poverty Law Center

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The Details

Published: November 2, 2018
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Pages: 384
Formats: EbookPaperback
ISBN-10: 1623497183 ISBN-13: 978-1623497187 ASIN: B06WCZR33Q
Genres & Tropes
History, Nonfiction, True Crime