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Carry Me Home: Birmingham, alabama--the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution

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Awards

2002 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction
One of Time Magazine?s Ten Best Books of the Year
A New York Times Notable Book for 2001
A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year
One of The Chicago Tribune?s Best Books of the Year

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A major work of history, investigative journalism that breaks new ground, and personal memoir, Carry Me Home is a dramatic account of the civil rights era's climactic battle in Birmingham, as the movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr., brought down the institutions of segregation.

"The Year of Birmingham," 1963, was one of the most cataclysmic periods in America's long civil rights struggle. That spring, King's child demonstrators faced down Commissioner Bull Connor's police dogs and fire hoses in huge nonviolent marches for desegregation — a spectacle that seemed to belong more in the Old Testament than in twentieth-century America. A few months later, Ku Klux Klansmen retaliated with dynamite, bombing the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and killing four young black girls. Yet these shocking events also brought redemption: They transformed the halting civil rights movement into a national cause and inspired the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which abolished legal segregation once and for all.

Diane McWhorter, the daughter of a prominent white Birmingham family, brilliantly captures the opposing sides in this struggle for racial justice. Tracing the roots of the civil rights movement to the Old Left and its efforts to organize labor in the 1930s, Carry Me Home shows that the movement was a waning force in desperate need of a victory by the time King arrived in Birmingham. McWhorter describes the competition for primacy among the movement's leaders, especially between Fred Shuttlesworth, Birmingham's flamboyant preacher-activist, and the already world-famous King, who was ambivalent about the direct-action tactics Shuttlesworth had been practicing for years.

Carry Me Home is the first major movement history to uncover the segregationist resistance. McWhorter charts the careers of the bombers back to the New Deal, when Klansmen were agents of the local iron and coal industrialists fighting organized labor. She reveals the strained and veiled collusion between Birmingham's wealthy establishment and its designated subordinates — politicians, the police, and the Klan.

Carry Me Home is the product of years of research in FBI and police files and archives, and of hundreds of interviews, including conversations with Klansmen who belonged to the most violent klavern in America. John and Robert Kennedy, J. Edgar Hoover, George Wallace, Connor, King, and Shuttlesworth appear against the backdrop of the unforgettable events of the civil rights era — the brutal beating of the Freedom Riders as the police stood by; King's great testament, his "Letter from Birmingham Jail"; and Wallace's defiant "stand in the schoolhouse door." This book is a classic work about this transforming period in American history.

Review:

"This is a big important book, a challenging portrait of an American city at the center of the most significant domestic drama of the 20th century." Newsweek

Review:

"The most important book on the movement since Taylor Branch?s Parting the Waters." Jon Wiener, The Nation

Review:

"[A] vivid, admirably nuanced, and wide-ranging history of the city that became ground zero in the Civil Rights struggle....A dense, detailed, and insightful history." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Now with a new afterword, the Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatic account of the civil rights era’s climactic battle in Birmingham as the movement, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., brought down the institutions of segregation.

“The Year of Birmingham,” 1963, was a cataclysmic turning point in America’s long civil rights struggle. Child demonstrators faced down police dogs and fire hoses in huge nonviolent marches against segregation. Ku Klux Klansmen retaliated by bombing the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, killing four young black girls. Diane McWhorter, daughter of a prominent Birmingham family, weaves together police and FBI records, archival documents, interviews with black activists and Klansmen, and personal memories into an extraordinary narrative of the personalities and events that brought about America’s second emancipation.

In a new afterword—reporting last encounters with hero Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and describing the current drastic anti-immigration laws in Alabama—the author demonstrates that Alabama remains a civil rights crucible.

Synopsis:

"The Year of Birmingham," 1963, was a cataclysmic turning point in America's long civil rights struggle. That spring, child demonstrators faced down police dogs and fire hoses in huge nonviolent marches for desegregation. A few months later, Ku Klux Klansmen retaliated by bombing the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and killing four young black girls. Diane McWhorter, journalist and daughter of a prominent Birmingham family, weaves together police and FBI documents, interviews with black activists and former Klansmen, and personal memories into an extraordinary narrative of the city, the personalities, and the events that brought about America's second emancipation.

About the Author

Diane McWhorter, who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, is a long-time contributor to The New York Times and writes for the Op-Ed page of USA Today. Her articles about race, politics, and culture have appeared in many national publications, including The Washington Post. Carry Me Home is her first book. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Introduction: September 15, 1963

Part I: Precedents, 1938­1959

1. The City of Perpetual Promise: 1938

2. Ring Out the Old: 1948

3. Mass Movements: 1954­1956

4. Rehearsal: 1956­1959

Part II: Movement, 1960­1962

5. Breaking Out

6. Action

7. Freedom Ride

8. Pivot

9. The Full Cast

10. Progress

Part III: The Year of Birmingham, 1963

11. New Day Dawns

12. Mad Dogs and Responsible Negroes

13. Baptism

14. Two Mayors and a King

15. D-Day

16. Miracle

17. Mayday

18. The Threshold

19. Edge of Heaven

20. No More Water

21. The Schoolhouse Door

22. The End of Segregation

23. The Beginning of Integration

24. All the Governor's Men

25. A Case of Dynamite

26. The Eve

27. Denise, Carole, Cynthia, and Addie

28. Aftershocks

29. BAPBOMB

30. General Lee's Namesakes

Epilogue

Afterword

Abbreviations Used in Source Notes

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743217729
Author:
McWhorter, Diane
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Diane McWhorter
Author:
King's great testament, his "Letter from Birmingham Jail
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Civil rights movements
Subject:
Birmingham
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Civil rights movements - Alabama -
Subject:
Birmingham (Ala.) Race relations.
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to present)
Subject:
African American Studies - History
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
History-United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
Political Science-Political Freedom & Security - Civil Right
Subject:
Social Science-Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - H
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies/African-American Studies
Subject:
Political Science : Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rig
Subject:
History - United States/General
Subject:
Americana-General
Subject:
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
119-01
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
720
Dimensions:
9.18x6.08x1.34 in. 2.00 lbs.

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Product details 720 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780743217729 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is a big important book, a challenging portrait of an American city at the center of the most significant domestic drama of the 20th century."
"Review" by , "The most important book on the movement since Taylor Branch?s Parting the Waters."
"Review" by , "[A] vivid, admirably nuanced, and wide-ranging history of the city that became ground zero in the Civil Rights struggle....A dense, detailed, and insightful history."
"Synopsis" by , Now with a new afterword, the Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatic account of the civil rights era’s climactic battle in Birmingham as the movement, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., brought down the institutions of segregation.

“The Year of Birmingham,” 1963, was a cataclysmic turning point in America’s long civil rights struggle. Child demonstrators faced down police dogs and fire hoses in huge nonviolent marches against segregation. Ku Klux Klansmen retaliated by bombing the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, killing four young black girls. Diane McWhorter, daughter of a prominent Birmingham family, weaves together police and FBI records, archival documents, interviews with black activists and Klansmen, and personal memories into an extraordinary narrative of the personalities and events that brought about America’s second emancipation.

In a new afterword—reporting last encounters with hero Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and describing the current drastic anti-immigration laws in Alabama—the author demonstrates that Alabama remains a civil rights crucible.

"Synopsis" by , "The Year of Birmingham," 1963, was a cataclysmic turning point in America's long civil rights struggle. That spring, child demonstrators faced down police dogs and fire hoses in huge nonviolent marches for desegregation. A few months later, Ku Klux Klansmen retaliated by bombing the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and killing four young black girls. Diane McWhorter, journalist and daughter of a prominent Birmingham family, weaves together police and FBI documents, interviews with black activists and former Klansmen, and personal memories into an extraordinary narrative of the city, the personalities, and the events that brought about America's second emancipation.
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