Posted on August 5, 2020 at 1:14 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Many of us are experiencing a moment of reckoning, when it comes to our ancestors’ role in racial divisions — and our own.

For writer Edward Ball, that process began with the man his aunt referred to as “our Klansman.”

As Ball tells NPR, there was even a time in his memory that the family took pride in that man, one of Ball’s great-great-grandfathers, though this was changing even during Ball’s youth.

That man is now a subject — not the sole one — of a book called Life of a Klansman.

In it, Ball tells the story of Constant Lecorgne, but also of the terror he and fellow Klansmen inflicted on the Black community in Louisiana.

You can read an excerpt of Life of a Klansman in the New York Times as well as the author’s interview with NPR.

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