The Best of Enemies - Chapter 9 Summary & Analysis

Osha Gray Davidson
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In Chapter 9 the reader learns more about what drew C.P. to the Klan and his further development into a racist leader. For C.P., the Klan fulfilled a need for a tight-knit extended family. Although the Klan members spent lots of time listening to each other rail against black leaders and burning crosses, they also engaged in normal human social activities. They helped each other during times of illness and organized barbeques, dances, fishing trips and bingo. What held the group together was not only a common enemy, but a vague belief that white supremacy would lead them to a more promising future.

C.P. spent almost all of his free time immersed in Klan activities. He gained the reputation as a hard worker and was popular with the membership. His engagement and commitment did not go unnoticed by local leadership. When the...

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