The Best of Enemies

The Best of Enemies 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 house
  • Title: The Best of Enemies
  • Author: Osha Gray Davidson
  • ISBN: 9780807858691
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 the 1960s, as the country struggled with the explosive issue of race, Atwater and Ellis met on opposite sides of the puC 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 the 1960s, as the country struggled with the explosive issue of race, Atwater and Ellis met on opposite sides of the public school integration issue Their encounters were charged with hatred and suspicion In an amazing set of transformations, however, each of them came to see how the other had been exploited by the South s rigid power structure, and they forged a friendship that flourished against a backdrop of unrelenting bigotry.Rich with details about the rhythms of daily life in the mid twentieth century South, The Best of Enemies offers a vivid portrait of a relationship that defied all odds By placing this very personal story into broader context, Osha Gray 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.
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    1. Osha Gray Davidson Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the The Best of Enemies book, this is one of the most wanted Osha Gray Davidson author readers around the world.

    2. I sympathize with readers who said it was slow reading, and if it s any consolation, it was far slower to write.

    3. This was an interesting read This book was mostly about the history and race relations in Durham, N.C I felt the author only touched a little on C.P Ellis and Ann Atwater, who clearly did a lot to try to desegregate their communities I was hoping the book would have been about how these 2 individuals came together for a common cause and have the history of Durham as the backdrop.

    4. Really excellent historical outlay of Durham s history as well as a profile of Ann Atwater and CP Ellis.

    5. Excellent social history telling the story of transformation of a poor white leader of the KKK into a man who realizes that black people are human beings with the same need for respect and economic opportunity He was appointed to a public school integration project with Ann Atwater, a black community organizer Both started out being suspicious and hateful but they became friends and allies as they realized that both groups of people poor whites and blacks had been exploited by the South s rigid [...]

    6. I think I grew up thinking that Brown vs The Board of Education was a magic wand All of a sudden, schools were desegregated Obviously, that is not the case, and this book gives a powerful portrait of an important window of time when that threshold had to be crossed Of course I m partial to Durham, but this story is super compelling Osha is a journalist who does an exquisite job of making history come alive through just enough fictional detail to give it immediacy and a sense of being there He te [...]

    7. A great, readable history of the civil rights movement in Durham, North Carolina, focused particularly on the human experiences of two prominent community organizers of the lower class one, a particularly aggressive proponent for the rights of poor blacks named Ann Atwater the other, C.P Ellis, a poor white supremacist and leader of the local Ku Klux Klan When these two are brought together to take on the challenge of school desegregation some incredible human change takes place I would recommen [...]

    8. The Best of Enemies Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson Scribner 1996 305.800 This book has a distinctly National Public Radio flavoring to it It s the story of how blacks overcame the status quo Jim Crow South in the 1960 s and 1970 s in Durham, North Carolina It follows two community organizers as they worked to improve the lot of their constituents Ann Atwater was a poor uneducated black single parent who rose to a position of leadership among the poor blacks of Durham, [...]

    9. A fascinating presentation of the racial divide that exists in Durham and elsewhere in our country At first I thought the author was spending too much time on the history of Durham to get to the subject that made me pick up the book But they were wise to approach the subject just the way they did I was rewarded with a greater understanding of the subject of bigotry I would challenge anyone who would dare to pick up the book to do so It will change your thinking Whether you are white or black, yo [...]

    10. Despite my high rating, I m not necessarily recommending this book to you It is a history of the city I m living in and filled in the blanks by telling the story of a local black activist and a Klu Klux Klan member who cooperated and became friends that I had been wondering about An excellent overview of how this town was once a Black powerhouse, vibrant and bustling and today struggles along, poor and scrappy It helped me understand where I live in a deep way Vital reading if you plan to live h [...]

    11. There is a lot of historical background along with the story of Ann Atwater and CP Ellis, but I thought it was necessary for those of us who didn t live in this time period and thought integration just happened Davidson also presented some nice parallels in the turning points in Durham, Ellis life, and Atwater s life The last couple of chapters felt overly romanticized, but it s a story I think should be told, so I ignored the dramatization I recommend it for those who want to understand the rol [...]

    12. This book tells the story of the civil rights movement in Durham through the lens of a black woman that became a leader in the civil rights movement, and through the lens of a white man who became the exalted cyclops of the ku klux klan in Durham And ultimately it tells the story of how these two were basically forced to work together on school integration and the process made them listen to one another.This book is exceptionally well written, I couldn t put it down I can t recommend this book e [...]

    13. Very well written book, sensitive to the many feelings exhibited by both blacks and white, rich and poor Excellent historical perspective on the civil rights movement in general, as well as focusing on the changes that took place in 2 individuals to alter their long held inner beliefs about race I loved this book It gave me a little hope for positive change in the future, even though improvements in race relations has been sooooo slow And I appreciated the author s insight to the huge role that [...]

    14. Well researched and written book about the racial and class struggles in Durham, NC The crux of the book was about C.P Ellis, a leader in the local KKK, and Ann Atwater, a black woman known for her outspoken views and her powerhouse attempts to change life around her They become the most unlikely of friends when serving as co chairs on a charrette designed to help with the desegregation of schools in 1971 While the book is factually based, the writing is not stodgy or boring very interesting rea [...]

    15. This book should be called, The history of race relations in Durham, North Carolina with a little bit about the friendship between two people I am not saying that I didn t find all of the history interesting my favorite author of all time is David McCoullough but just like the long tedious process it took for blacks to get some basic human rights concessions in Durham, this book definitely felt a long and tedious.

    16. I acquired this book for UNC Press It s a very readable history of race relations in Durham and in the South in general The book follows the true story of a former KKK Grand Wizard in Durham who befriended a militant black Civil Rights leader The book was chosen as the Duke Freshman Class Required Summer Reading book and is a must read for anyone interested in the history of the Civil Rights movement in Durham.

    17. I absolutely loved this book Perhaps it is because my partner is coordinating a dialogue process in our city, but this book was one of my favorites I first read about it in another book, Being Wrong Adventures in the Margin of Error and I am so glad I tracked it down I learned so much about the civil rights movement, and have a much better sense of the long standing class issues within the black community i saw so many parallels to current issues and relationships.

    18. One of the best, most touching histories of Durham and the Civil Rights Movement that has ever been written A must read for Durham locals and transplants as well as anyone with an interest in history If, like me, you didn t live through this era, the story of C.P and Ann is enlightening in many ways.

    19. What an omnibus of understanding for all sides of the Civil Rights Movement The author did an excellent job of looking objectively at the complicated race issues of Durham, NC, and still managed to be entertaining I also have a new respect for the black, women leaders of the Civil Rights Movement a story I ve never heard.

    20. such an enlightening read the true story of a civil rights activist and former klan leader forced to work together to better race relations in durham, nc this book is very honest about some of the historical details of race relations politics.

    21. Not a quick read but learned a lot from this book For friends in Atlanta, a play based on this book is showing at the Rialto Theater Theatrical Outlet on Luckie Street runs through mid or end of Feb I wanted to read it before we went to see the play.

    22. Davidson s book deals with race relations in Durham, North Carolina, and the events that eventually bring together an African American civil rights worker and a Klansman who discover how much they both have in common.

    23. This book was one of Duke s summer reading selections It paints a real picture of what life was like during integration and what exactly society had to overcome.

    24. A fascinating look at the history of race relations in North Carolina, told via the relationship of two people.

    25. This is a great book but, as much as I appreciated all the historical context provided, I wanted about the two main characters and their friendship.

    26. Every American should read this though obviously this was meaningful to me since I live in Durham Some incredibly important lessons for all of us in listening to understand, in moving past rhetoric to work together for progress, and in recognizing our shared humanity.

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