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Dale on Arizona Public Television

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.

An absolute must-read for anyone intrigued by 20th-Century political history…I couldn’t stop reading. There is much in [here] that resonates with today’s ever-shifting, often manipulated political landscapes.

Dale Laackman’s For the Kingdom and the Power is an absolute must-read for anyone intrigued by 19th- and 20th-century political history, and the ins and outs of how public relations strategies can swell organizational ranks, even as they are being shaped by self-serving crooks. As the book travels through the stories of the first- and second-era Ku Klux Klans, Laackman presents an engrossing account of how and why the 1920s Klan membership swelled into the millions. The major historical figures are wonderfully detailed and presented; I couldn’t stop reading. There is much in For the Kingdom and the Power that resonates with today’s ever-shifting, often manipulated political landscapes.

–Frank E. Beaver, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus, Screen Arts and Cultures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dale Laackman Program on C-SPAN3 – American History TV

Dale Laackman Program on C-SPAN3 – American History TV

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.

The Ku Klux Klan: Unfortunate Result of PR Success in 1920s America

The Ku Klux Klan: Unfortunate Result of PR Success in 1920s America

Hear author Dale Laackman speak this Thursday, November 20, at new Evanston bookstore, Bookends & Beginnings, 1712 Sherman Ave., 6pm-7:30pm. His talk is based on his book, For the Kingdom and the Power, which considers the viral expansion of the KKK during the 1920s not just as history, but as a successful marketing campaign, engineered by two bright and unscrupulous promoters, Bessie Tyler and Edward Young Clarke. Of special interest is Laackman’s research into KKK successes in the North, more specifically in the Chicago metropolitan area–including the North Shore and Northwestern University. 

Cast of Characters

Bessie Tyler and Edward Young Clarke preyed on fears, prejudice, and weakness to quickly build a powerful and outsized organization that they leveraged at every turn for personal gain, that they swindled every chance they could, and that they ultimately bankrupted.

Then they disappeard into oblivion.

Cinematic, no? Consider the entire cast of characters.