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Mon 17

April 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

Author Talk: Timothy Egan, A Fever in the Heartland

Atlanta History Center

Location: In Person

130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA, 30305
4048144000
atlantahistorycenter.com

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–Not Yet Members: $31 (includes general admission ticket + book at 30% discount!)
–Members: $26 (includes discounted general admission ticket + book at 30% discount!)
–Insiders: $21 (includes free general admission ticket + book at 30% discount!)

General Admission Tickets (book not included)
–Not Yet Members: $10
–Members: $5
–Insiders: Free

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A historical thriller by the Pulitzer and National Book Award-winning author that tells the riveting story of the Klan’s rise to power in the 1920s, the cunning con man who drove that rise, and the woman who stopped them.

The Roaring Twenties–the Jazz Age–has been characterized as a time of Gatsby frivolity. But it was also the height of the uniquely American hate group, the Ku Klux Klan. Their domain was not the old Confederacy, but the Heartland and the West. They hated Blacks, Jews, Catholics and immigrants in equal measure, and took radical steps to keep these people from the American promise. And the man who set in motion their takeover of great swaths of America was a charismatic charlatan named D.C. Stephenson.

Stephenson was a magnetic presence whose life story changed with every telling. Within two years of his arrival in Indiana, he’d become the Grand Dragon of the state and the architect of the strategy that brought the group out of the shadows – their message endorsed from the pulpits of local churches, spread at family picnics and town celebrations. Judges, prosecutors, ministers, governors and senators across the country all proudly proclaimed their membership. But at the peak of his influence, it was a seemingly powerless woman – Madge Oberholtzer – who would reveal his secret cruelties, and whose deathbed testimony finally brought the Klan to their knees.

A Fever in the Heartland marries a propulsive drama to a powerful and page-turning reckoning with one of the darkest threads in American history.

About the Author
Timothy Egan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of ten books. His book on the Dust Bowl, The Worst Hard Time, won a National Book Award for nonfiction. His book on photographer Edward Curtis, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, was awarded the Carnegie Medal for nonfiction. He’s also written several New York Times’ bestsellers, including The Immortal Irishman and The Big Burn. He’s a third-generation Westerner and writes a weekly opinion column for The New York Times.

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