ONLY THE UNAFRAID by Ronald Kirkbride


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A projection of an idealist's dream- become actuality- which traces with fervor, at times uncomfortably close to exaltation, a Quaker group's attempt to start a farming cooperative in the South. David Jordan, a conscientious objector during the war-jailed and divorced by his wife, Nina, tells the story of this enterprise which starts with the purchase of 1000 acres through Kyra Lofts, sympathetic to David rather than involved in the movement. The opposition of Tugman and Wellington, big planters, takes on active as well as suppressive forms as their homes and school and clinic are raided. Nina returns and interrupts David's initial involvement with Kyra and David is followed by her interest in the cooperative-which is stimulated by the aura of success it has achieved rather than real faith. And at the close, when their cooperative is finally acknowledged and accepted by their opponents, a last incident of violence takes Nina's life- leaves David to continue his work elsewhere..... The often lonely road of conscience and belief, portrayed with conviction rather than distinction.

Pub Date: Feb. 4th, 1952
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce