David curtiss steve stephenson august 21 1891 june 28 1966 was a convicted murderer and rapist who in 1923 was appointed grand dragon state leader of the branch of the ku klux klan in indiana and head of klan recruiting for seven other states later that year he led those groups to independence from the national kkk organizationamassing wealth and political power in indiana . This book explores the career of d c stephenson grand dragon of the indiana klan his rise to power and his eventual conviction for second degree murder in 1925 grand dragon traces stephensons background still shrouded in mystery due to stephensons own colorful but imaginary accounts of his early years. By the end of the decade the indiana klan was all but dismantled following the conviction of grand dragon dc stephenson for the rape and murder of a young school teacher named madge oberholtzer. Ku klux klan in indiana the ku klux klan rose to prominence in indiana politics and society after world war i it was made up of native born white protestants of many income and social levels in the changing world of the 1920s the group was against catholics jews african americans immorality and drinking
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