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Life of a Klansman by Edward Ball

Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy

Edward Ball

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Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 4 Aug 2020
ISBN: 9780374186326

A haunting tapestry of interwoven stories

4 stars out of 5
19 Sep 2020

"Students at Tulane University who protested this book missed the point: it lifts Black voices as it exposes white"

He takes time to pursue interesting digressions – jazz musicians, the painter Edgar Degas – but the second half of the book focuses largely on the consequences of his ancestors’ actions, and the people affected. These are not cursory mentions: Ball creates detailed and loving portraits of people such as Janel Santiago Marsalis, who is initially wary of Ball in New Orleans. She’s a Creole artist who paints her own ancestors. Some of her family died at the hands of Lecorgne’s fellow Klansmen. Through her art and in the book she, as Tulane’s students might hope, lifts Black voices mightily.