Violence Can Be Stopped. One Woman Whose Kidnapping, Rape, and Death Took Down the KKK
The Invisible Empire: Madge Oberholtzer and the Unmasking of the Klu Klux Klan by Micky Neilson, Todd Warger, and Marc Borstel out September 17th
Madge Oberholtzer’s name has been largely lost to history. The cruelty she suffered, and the courage she harnessed, is just as powerful and relevant today as it was in 1925. The Invisible Empire: Madge Oberholtzer and the Unmasking of the Klu Klux Klan, written by New York Times Best-selling Author Micky Neilson (Ashbringer, Pearl of Pandaria) and Emmy award-nominee for The Mountain Runners, Todd Warger; with illustrations by Marc Borstel (Weapon X, World of Warcraft), and foreword by Columbia University comics scholar emeritus, Karen Green, is a reminder to new generations of Madge’s tragic sacrifice, aiming to keep Madge’s memory alive in a new era.
Indiana, 1925. The members of the Ku Klux Klan once called themselves the Knights of the Invisible Empire—an empire that controlled local, state, and federal governments across the UnitedStates. The most powerful politicians in the country belonged to the Klan. In 1924, the KKK’s Grand Dragon of Indiana, D. C. Stephenson, even famously declared, “I am the law in Indiana.”
The Invisible Empire: Madge Oberholtzer and the Unmasking of the Klu Klux Klan tells the frightening story of the Klan’s rise to power in the 1920s, its ruthless agenda of hate, violence, and corruption—and how everything changed when one woman, Madge Oberholtzer—testified against Stephenson. With her dying breath, Madge exposed the true face of the Klan and changed the way Americans would see the KKK forever.
The Invisible Empire: Madge Oberholtzer and the Unmasking of the Klu Klux Klan hits bookstores September 17, 2019 and comic shops September 18, 2019 from Insight Comics.