Dale Laackman will be signing copies of For the Kingdom and the Power Tuesday, September 30, from 6-7pm, at Barnes & Noble – DePaul Center (1 E. Jackson Blvd. in downtown Chicago).
…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.
Award-winning television producer and writer turned historian and teacher Dale Laackman in full classroom mode at The Book Stall in Winnetka last night, sharing the story of Bessie Tyler and E. Y. Clarke, the subject of his new book on the big money swindle that spread hate across America.
Dale W. Laackman will speak on “The Big Money Swindle That Spread Hate Across America,” the subject of his new book, For the Kingdom and the Power, Wednesday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. at The Book Stall in Winnetka.
Over 80 people attended the book release party of Dale Laackman’s debut history For the Kingdom and the Power: The Big Money Swindle That Spread Hate Across America at The Avenue restaurant in Wilmette on June 21, 2014. Laackman spoke about the 14-year-journey of uncovering the story in his book and one of his favorite themes: “History–it never gets old.”
Please join us for the book release party of For the Kingdom and the Power.
- When: Saturday, June 21, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- Where: The Avenue, 1146 Wilmette Avenu, Wilmette, IL
- Appetizers will be served. Cash bar.
- Open to the public.
- Books for sale and signing.
Call 312/226-8400 with any questions.
We debuted For the Kingdom and the Power two days after its arrival from the printer at the Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago, June 6 and 7. Author Dale Laackman and our staff hand-sold dozens of copies to history readers over the course of the weekend.