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The Life of a Klansman
BEGIN AGAIN SERIES: A Book Talk with Edward Ball

Recorded on May 26, 2021

In Life of a Klansman: A Family History with White Supremacy, Edward Ball returns to the subject of his classic, Slaves in the Family: the mechanisms of white supremacy in America, as understood through the lives of his own ancestors. This time, he tells the story of a warrior in the Ku Klux Klan, a carpenter in Louisiana who took up the cause of fanatical racism during the years after the Civil War. Ball, a descendant of this Klansman, paints a portrait of his family’s anti-black militant that is part history, part memoir rich in personal detail.