Synopses & Reviews
In a vivid portrait of a relationship that defied all odds in 1960s North Carolina, Davidson tells how C.P. Ellis (a poor white member of the KKK) and Ann Atwater (a poor black civil rights activist) went from being each other's worst and most hostile enemies to forming an incredible, long-lasting friendship. By placing this very personal story into broader context, Davidson demonstrates that race is intimately tied to issues of class, and that cooperation is possible--even in the most divisive situations--when people begin to listen to one another.
A well-crafted portrait of the evolution of race relations in Durham, N.C.and of America's tendency to ignore issues of class.
A powerful testament to the redemptive powers of human nature.
Mr. Davidson's book provides a brilliant beginning for understanding the South's many poor sons and daughters, black and white.
The Dallas Morning News
C. P. Ellis grew up in the poor white section of Durham, North Carolina, and as a young man joined the Ku Klux Klan. Ann Atwater, a single mother from the poor black part of town, quit her job as a household domestic to join the civil rights fight. During
About the Author
Osha Gray Davidson is a journalist and author of four other books, including The Enchanted Braid: Coming to Terms with Nature on the Coral Reef and Under Fire: The NRA and the Battle for Gun Control.