Child of God

Historical references

In a 1992 interview, McCarthy stated that the character Ballard was based on an unnamed historical figure.[2] Despite its surreal focus, Child of God contains much unobtrusive historical detail about Sevier County, Tennessee, including references to local Ku Klux Klan-like groups of the 1890s known as White Caps and Bluebills. Ballard's grandfather is said to have been a White Cap.


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