I have read through 5 years of Terre Haute newspapers this week. I have yet to get through more that four days without a story of a death or crippling injury to a miner. These people were literally dying for work. Risking their lives every day to feed their families. That is a story I must tell well. We are lucky my grandfather made it out of the pit alive.
31% of native-born adult males in Vigo County were members of the KKK in the 1920s. John Colescott, a Terre Haute veterinarian became the head of the national Klan in the 1930s. My assignment next week is to try to find the membership lists and read through the Indiana Klan’s newspaper, The Fiery Cross, which I have on microfilm. Now, it must be noted that the KKK was able to seduce many people with an adroit spin control that portrayed it as a patriotic, Christian group. How to separate the racist chaff from the well-meaning wheat?