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During the 1920's, the Ku Klux Klan was a national power, active in all 48 states, with 3 million members. Dan Moody obtained the first convictions and prison sentences against the 1920's version of the KKK. He then rallied public opinion against the Klan in a race for state attorney general. Moody defeated the Klan candidate in a run-off election. The New York Times would later declare Moody's victory "the death-knell of Klan domination" in Texas. As attorney general, Moody fought the corruption of the Ferguson administration. He was able to return $1 million in cash and securities to the state treasury that was the product of a phony road-building scam. At age 33, Moody was elected Texas' youngest governor. In his later career, he was involved in the litigation involving LBJ's disputed 1948 Senate race.
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Ken Anderson, a lawyer and former district attorney, has written seven previous books. He has been doing research, writing and speaking about Moody for the past 12 years. His previous books include a young adult's biography, "You Can't Do That, Dan Moody!" which was released in 1998. He has also co-written a play by the same name which is performed periodically in the same courtroom, in the same courthouse as the 1923 Klan trials. His previous TV appearances about Moody include C-SPAN's "Book-TV." As district attorney, Anderson has been quoted in most of the nation's newspapers and has appeared on nationwide TV numerous times including appearances on ABC's "20/20" (twice); NBC's "Today" and Fox's "America's Most Wanted."Review:
Before he became Texas' youngest governor in 1927, Dan Moody made headlines as a courageous district attorney who battled the Ku Klux Klan. "Moody," the author contends, "took Texas from being the number-one Klan state at the beginning of 1924 to the most anti-Klan state in the country by the end of 1924." This well-written biography shows how Dan Moody rose from practicing law in a storage room, with a packing crate as a desk, to district attorney for Williamson and Travis counties, where his successful Klan prosecutions helped propel him into the governor's mansion and the national political spotlight in 1927. --Dallas Morning News
Ken Anderson's "Dan Moody: Crusader for Justice" [is] excellent. [It] is a well-researched and equally well-written mainstream study of former Gov. Dan Moody, best known for attacking the Ku Klux Klan while district attorney. --Austin American-Statesman
Ken Anderson writes about Moody who...as district attorney successfully prosecuted the Klan and went on to be elected state attorney general, where he took on the corruption of the Ferguson administration, then was elected the state's youngest governor. --Houston Chronicle
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Book Description Georgetown Press, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110964442140
Book Description Georgetown Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0964442140 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0535481