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Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan

In the 1920s, future Texas governor Dan Moody — then a 29-year-old district attorney — was the first prosecutor in the nation to successfully take on and convict members of the Ku Klux Klan. Patricia Bernstein tells his story in her book Ten Dollars To Hate.

Klan Initiation, Houston 1921

The Southern Poverty Law Center actively monitors some 1,600 extremist groups operating across the country, and that includes familiar names like the Ku Klux Klan.

Members of the KKK had never been successfully tried and convicted for acts of violence in this country until Dan Moody came along.

Before he became the 30th governor of Texas, Moody was the first prosecutor in the nation to successfully take on and convict members of the KKK. In the 1920s, the 29-year-old Moody was the district attorney in Williamson County, north of Austin.

His story is told in the book Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan by Houston author Patricia Bernstein. Patricia Bernstein tells us more about Dan Moody and the stand he took against the KKK.

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Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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