The Best of Enemies

Author: Osha Gray Davidson
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807899771
Format: PDF
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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 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.

Upbuilding Black Durham

Author: Leslie Brown
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807877531
Format: PDF, ePub
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In the 1910s, both W. E. B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington praised the black community in Durham, North Carolina, for its exceptional race progress. Migration, urbanization, and industrialization had turned black Durham from a post-Civil War liberation community into the "capital of the black middle class." African Americans owned and operated mills, factories, churches, schools, and an array of retail services, shops, community organizations, and race institutions. Using interviews, narratives, and family stories, Leslie Brown animates the history of this remarkable city from emancipation to the civil rights era, as freedpeople and their descendants struggled among themselves and with whites to give meaning to black freedom. Brown paints Durham in the Jim Crow era as a place of dynamic change where despite common aspirations, gender and class conflicts emerged. Placing African American women at the center of the story, Brown describes how black Durham's multiple constituencies experienced a range of social conditions. Shifting the historical perspective away from seeing solidarity as essential to effective struggle or viewing dissent as a measure of weakness, Brown demonstrates that friction among African Americans generated rather than depleted energy, sparking many activist initiatives on behalf of the black community.

27 Views of Durham

Author: Jean Anderson
Publisher: Eno Publishers
ISBN: 0983247536
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Eno Publishers builds on its successful 27 Views series by showcasing the literary community of Durham, North Carolina, in 27 Views of Durham: The Bull City in Prose & Poetry. The book features 27 writers, who in poetry, essays, short stories, and book excerpts focus on the town of Durham, famous for Duke University, tobacco, and Southern cuisine. The collection offers readers a broad and varied picture of life past and present in Durham, as well as a sense of the town's literary breadth. Contributing authors include Steve Schewel, Jean Anderson, Carl Kenney, Katy Munger, Ariel Dorfman, Pierce Freelon, John Valentine, Shirlette Ammons, Jim Wise, and others.

The North Carolina Roots of African American Literature

Author: William L. Andrews
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807829943
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The first African American to publish a book in the South, the author of the first female slave narrative in the United States, the father of black nationalism in America--these and other founders of African American literature have a surprising connectio

Best of Enemies

Author: Mark St. Germain
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc
ISBN: 0822230011
Format: PDF, Docs
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Based on the bestselling book by Osha Gray Davidson, BEST OF ENEMIES is a true story about the relationship between C.P. Ellis, a Grand Cyclops of the KKK, and Ann Atwater, an African-American civil rights activist, during the desegregation of the Durham, North Carolina, schools in 1971. BEST OF ENEMIES exposes the poison of prejudice in the hearts of Atwater and Ellis who, by facing each other, are forced to face the worst, and best, in themselves.

Places of Redemption

Author: Mary McClintock Fulkerson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199296472
Format: PDF, Kindle
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An exploration of the role of Christian practices in overcoming segregation according to race and disability in an interracial Methodist church in the USA. Mary McClintock Fulkerson argues that theology which is truly `worldly' must display redemption without overlooking the ambiguous and messy realities of real human lives.

Still Fighting the Civil War

Author: David Goldfield
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 080715217X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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"This is a probing book about the hold of the past, experienced largely as heritage and memory and not as historical understanding, on a whole region and people. Goldfield treats the Lost Cause with unblinking directness.... its main strength: the stress on the weight of memory and its enduring links to white supremacy." -- David W. Blight, Southern Cultures "Drawing on a wide range of sources as well as contemporary reporting, this deftly written historical analysis takes on a difficult topic with passion, sensitivity, and integrity." -- Publishers Weekly In the updated edition of his sweeping narrative on southern history, David Goldfield brings this extensive study into the present with a timely assessment of the unresolved issues surrounding the Civil War's sesquicentennial commemoration. Traversing a hundred and fifty years of memory, Goldfield confronts the remnants of the American Civil War that survive in the hearts of many of the South's residents and in the national news headlines of battle flags, racial injustice, and religious conflicts. Goldfield candidly discusses how and why white southern men fashioned the myths of the Lost Cause and Redemption out of the Civil War and Reconstruction, and how they shaped a religion to canonize the heroes and deify the events of those fateful years. He also recounts how groups of blacks and white women eventually crafted a different, more inclusive version of southern history and how that new vision competed with more traditional perspectives. The battle for southern history, and for the South, continues -- in museums, public spaces, books, state legislatures, and the minds of southerners. Given the region's growing economic power and political influence, understanding this struggle takes on national significance. Through an analysis of ideas of history and memory, religion, race, and gender, Still Fighting the Civil War provides us with a better understanding of the South and one another.

Misogyny Online

Author: Emma A. Jane
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1473927153
Format: PDF, ePub
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Misogyny Online explores the worldwide phenomenon of gendered cyberhate as a significant discourse which has been overlooked and marginalised. The rapid growth of the internet has led to numerous opportunities and benefits; however, the architecture of the cybersphere offers users unprecedented opportunities to engage in hate speech. A leading international researcher in this field, Emma A. Jane weaves together data and theory from multiple disciplines and expresses her findings in a style that is engaging, witty and powerful. Misogyny Online is an important read for students and faculty members alike across the social sciences and humanities.

Under Fire

Author: Osha Gray Davidson
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
ISBN: 9781587290428
Format: PDF, ePub
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Originally published in 1993, Under Fire was widely hailed as the first objective examination of the NRA and its efforts to defeat gun control legislation. Now in this expanded edition, Osha Gray Davidson shows how the NRA's extremism has cost the organization both political power and popular support. He offers a well-reasoned and workable approach to gun control, one that will find many supporters even among the NRA membership.