The Free Men by John Ehle

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This moving narrative by John Ehle describes the experiences of a handful of dedicated young students, both black and white, during the 1963-64 civil rights protests in Chapel Hill, NC. The movement began through the efforts of three young men: two white UNC-CHapel Hill students, John Dunne, a gifted Morehead Scholar, and Pat Cusick, the grandson of the founder of the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama, and one student from the all-black North Carolina College in Durham, Quinton Baker. First published in 1965 by Harper & Row, 'The Free Men' was controversial but won the Mayflower Award for Nonfiction. It is now back in print by Press 53 with a new Afterword by the former UNC-Chapel Hill student, 'Daily Tar Heel' editor, and Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist Wayne King.

About John Ehle

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Ehle, a native of Asheville, North Carolina, has received the Lillian Smith Prize and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Award.
Published February 1, 2007 by Press 53. 376 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs, History.