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The extraordinary story of the friendship between African American reverend David Kennedy and Michael Burden, a Grand Wizard in the KKK, goes to the heart of the strand in American life that voted in Trump.
For all its quaint, small-town charm, Laurens, South Carolina, has a troubled history. A town of bleak unemployment and poverty, it has a dark legacy of race riots and lynching. Its resistance to rolling back Apartheid-type laws was so fierce that federal military intervention was required.
In March 1996, Michael Burdens opened up a new business: The Redneck Shop and KKK Museum. It was a fiery African American preacher, David Kennedy, who led the protests against it yet it was also Kennedy who, in Burden's hour of need, extended the hand of friendship and charity to him and his family. From there, an unlikely friendship sprang.
Burden is a moving portrayal of this friendship, and the rocky path towards it. But it goes beyond just these two men. As a town, Laurens reflects the America that voted in Donald Trump. Courtney Hargrave provides a thoughtful and insightful exploration of Laurens and its inhabitants, examining both the deep fractures and troubles at its heart and the hope, warmth and humanity.
About the Author
Courtney Hargrave is a journalist and co-author who has worked on numerous New York Times bestsellers. She lives in New York City.
A crucial story for these times -- Robin Gaby Fisher, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author By digging deep and exhaustingly researching one small relationship in one small South Carolina town, Courtney Hargrave uncovers the big truths that usually elude us. This is an honest, empowering, incredibly enjoyable and unforgettable book -- Bret Witter, New York Times bestselling co-author of 'The Monuments Men' and 'Dewey' Courtney Hargrave has produced a mesmerizing narrative with a powerful social and political message. This is a book for our times -- Bart D. Ehrman, bestselling author of 'The Triumph of Christianity'
ISBN: 9781408892626 ISBN-10: 1408892626 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 240 Published: 1st October 2018 Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.3
Weight (kg): 0.38