The Hidden History of the KKK

Constant Lecorgne was Edward Ball’s great-great grandfather. A New Orleans carpenter and Confederate veteran, Constant was also a “violent white supremacist,” says Ball. Ball explored the life and times of his ancestor in his recent book, “Life of a Klansman, A Family History in White Supremacy.” Ball says Constant was a member of KKK-like organizations and took part in several violent actions against formerly enslaved people during the Reconstruction period following the Civil War.


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