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tomtac ([personal profile] tomtac) wrote2016-10-05 10:20 am

the Stetson Kennedy centennial

A reminder that a fellow named "Stetson Kennedy" was born on October 5, 1916, a hundred years ago today.

During the Great depression, he took on with FDR's program that hired people to go out and get narratives from U.S. citizens, and became a folklorist, one who passes on folklore.

Within a few years, his adventures and investigations led him to hang out within the Ku Klux Klan, and he began spreading their secrets. The rest of the story is he became a very effective social activist, and wrote a lot of books about it.

The name really was "The Klan Unmasked", published in 1954

Read more about him at his website and at Wikipedia.
Social Activist Stetson Kennedy

Entry in the New Georgia Encyclodpedia

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