Kresta in the Afternoon – August 5, 2020 – Hour 1

+  The "Real" Fighting Irish: Notre Dame Students take on the Klan (2.5 segments)

  • Description: Several professional sports teams are rethinking their mascots, which are said to be racially offensive. Some say it’s time for Notre Dame to do the same – the Fighting Irish represent a harmful stereotype of violent, drunken immigrants. The origins of the name are up for debate, but one theory is especially compelling. It’s an incredible story of Catholic students rising up to combat the KKK. Todd Tucker joins us.
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    • Todd Tucker
      Todd Tucker is the author of seven books, including Notre Dame Vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan. He's a veteran of the United States submarine force and a Notre Dame graduate. Follow him on Twitter @toddatucker
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    • Notre Dame Vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan

      In 1924, two uniquely American institutions clashed in northern Indiana: the University of Notre Dame and the Ku Klux Klan. Todd Tucker tells the shocking story of the three-day confrontation in the streets of South Bend, Indiana, that would change both institutions forever. When the Ku Klux Klan announced plans to stage a parade and rally in South Bend, hoping to target college campuses for recruitment starting with Notre Dame, a large group of students defied their leaders’ pleas to ignore the Klan and remain on campus. Tucker dramatically recounts the events as only a proficient storyteller can. Readers will find themselves drawn into the fray of these tumultuous times. Tucker structures this compelling tale around three individuals: D.C. Stephenson, the leader of the KKK in Indiana, the state with the largest Klan membership in America; Fr. Matthew Walsh, the young and charismatic president of the University of Notre Dame; and a composite of a Notre Dame student at the time, represented by Bill Foohey, who was an actual participant in the clash. This book will appeal not only to Notre Dame fans, but to those interested in South Bend and Indiana history and the history of the Klu Klux Klan, including modern-day Klan violence. (learn more)

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