An in-depth interview with host Erik Rivenes of the Most Notorious true crime history podcast. Listen here.
The Journal of Southern History reviews For the Kingdom and the Power.
On December 9, 2015, Dale appeared on Arizona Public Television to share the story of how two public relations professionals revived a dying Ku Klux Klan in the early 1920s as white Protestants felt they were losing their place in America, and draws parallels with our current political landscape. Watch here.
Dale Laackman, author of For the Kingdom and the Power: The Big Money Swindle That Spread Hate Across America, appeared on C-SPAN 3 Saturday, November 22, discussing the explosive growth of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s being the result of a forgotten PR campaign by the unscrupulous Atlanta duo of Bessie Tyler and Edward Young Clarke. Watch here.
…and Bessie Tyler and E.Y. Clarke had theirs at the same time.
You’ve likely heard of Ponzi, and now, author Dale Laackman will tell you about the machinations of Tyler and Clarke–to grow the KKK from a dying organization to one with 5 million members in a few short years, practically writing the playbook of PR deviousness in the process. They swindled the Klan of a fortune as they did so–ultimately bankrupting them–then disappeared into oblivion.
Laackman uncovered this story over 14 years of meticulous research. Watch as he presents this information to Chicago’s historic College of Complexes, a weekly free speech forum since 1951, with its origins in Chicago’s freewheeling, free-speech heydays of the 1910s and 1920s.
How Dale Laackman pieced together over 14 years the forgotten story of Bessie Tyler and E.Y. Clarke, their Southern Publicity Association, and the nefarious turn it took in the 1920s–first with the intention of writing a screenplay, then in order to write For the Kingdom and the Power–was the subject of a front-page feature article in the alumni newsletter of the Michicagn State University College of Communication Arts & Sciences. Laackman graduated from the college with an advertising degree in 1972. Read “Advertising Alumnus Uncovers Untold Story in Writing First Book.”
Hear Dale’s July 27, 2014, interview with Rick Kogan.