County Museum to Host Patricia Bernstein
Join the Brazoria County Historical Museum on Thursday, February 27, at 6:30 p.m. as it hosts author Patricia Bernstein for her book Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan. Limited quantities of the book will be available for sale at the Museum during the event. Admission to the program is free. For more information, telephone (979) 864-1208 or visit the Museum’s website at www.bchm.org.
Patricia Bernstein will discuss her book Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan which tells the story of former Texas Governor Dan Moody, who stood up to the massive Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s. During the 1920s the Klan had a widespread following of between 1 to 3 million members across the United States. They had infiltrated politics and law enforcement, several states elected Klan-sponsored governors and US senators. The Ku Klux Klan was primarily a racist organization. But the Klan of the 1920s pursued a broad array of hatreds. The Klan was anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, most especially, anti-Catholic, and the “Enforcer of Morality.” They align themselves with those who were most appalled by changing norms of conduct. Dan Moody was the first prosecutor in the nation to successfully convict and jail four Klan members. Moody, a twenty-nine-year-old Texas district attorney, demonstrated that Klansmen could be punished for taking the law into their own hands. He became a national sensation overnight and went on to become the youngest governor of Texas at the age of 33.