William Stetson Kennedy (October 5, 1916 – August 27, 2011) was an American author and human rights activist. One of the pioneer folklore collectors during the first half of the 20th century, he is remembered for having infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s, exposing its secrets to authorities and the outside world. His actions led to the 1947 revocation by the state of Georgia of the Klan's national corporate charter.
SPOHP Director Dr. Paul Ortiz, wrote an essay for The Institute for Southern Studies titled "VOICES: Stetson Kennedy and the Pursuit of Truth". The essay pays homage to Stetson Kennedy, his life and his work.
Below are just a few books by Stetson Kennedy
"The Florida Slave"
Stetson Kennedy, A collection of 1930s WPA narratives.
"The Klan Unmasked"
Stetson Kennedy Revealing the inner workings of the Klan in the post WWII era.
"Jim Crow: The Way it Was"
Stetson Kennedy,A mock guidebook covering every area of activity where the tentacles of Jim Crow reached.
"After Appomattox: How the South Won the War"
Jerald T. Milanich and Samuel Proctor, University Press of Florida, 1994.
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