Dale Laackman launched a new blog this month: History….It Gets Old After Awhile, where he’s been writing a couple times a week with his natural eye for history’s interesting angles, overlooked stories, and present-day relevance. You can also follow him on Twitter @historygetsold.
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, 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.
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.