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Tara McAndrew

Tara McAndrew

Tara McClellan McAndrew has written about history and other subjects for The Hollywood Reporter, NPR, the Chicago Tribune Magazine, Illinois Public Radio, and other media. A favorite topic is Abraham Lincoln — one of her ancestors borrowed money from him and couldn’t repay. That and other true tales are in her book, “Stories of Springfield: Life in Lincoln’s Town.”

KKK members parade in Virginia, 1922

The History of the KKK in American Politics

In the 1920s, during what historians call the KKK's “second wave,” Klan members served in all levels of American government.