Blood River Rising: The Thompson-Crismon Feud of the 1920s by Victoria Pope Hubbell
"The KKK weren't never about race. It were always about power and greed."
So begins 86-year-old Hadley Thompson, who insists a rural historian research why two people were murdered. At first, Hubbell has little interest in the matter. Not only did the murders take place in 1924, there never was a question of who committed them. What difference could a motive make now? It is Thompson's insistence that an active Ku Klux Klan chapter fueled the feud between two blue-eyed, Baptist families that helps change Hubbell's mind.
Soon Thompson and Hubbell are an unlikely duo, tramping through field grass, combing through copies of dusty newspapers, and driving down gravel roads to discover what made friends and neighbors turn against each other in post World War I America. More than just a story of a feud, Blood River Rising whispers a warning for today's increasingly diverse society.
About the Author
A Midwest girl for many generations, Victoria lived in Missouri since she was eighteen. Her first book, A Town on Two Rivers, is the history of the area most people know as the Lake of the Ozarks. The book chronicles all aspects of life from 1870-1970. Her second book, Blood River Rising, is the true tale of a feud that took place in Miller Country, Missouri in the 1920s.
Published by Iris Press, 2016. Paperback, 240 pages.