Nebraska Authors

Kathryn Watterson

Born 1942

Pennsylvania resident and Princeton University professor Watterson's Not By the Sword is the story of how Lincoln Rabbi Michael Weisser and his family were able to convert a man who had once tormented them with racial threats. Larry Trapp, Nebraska's Grand Dragon of the KKK, converted to Judaism and joined the NAACP after the Weissers reached out to him. Trapp died in 1992. Watterson is not a Nebraska writer.

Places Lived


Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Weisser, Michael; Antisemitism; Hate Groups; Reconciliation; Lincoln (Nebraska)--History




Women in Prison: Inside the Concrete Womb. 1973.
Growing into Love. 1981.
You Must Be Dreaming. 1992.
Not By the Sword: How a Cantor and His Family Transformed a Klansman. 1995.
Building a Dream: the Sara Smith Story. 2000.

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