Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution

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.
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Diane McWhorter
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15 Jan 2013
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Astonishing complicated book that gives very detailed background into the lengths some Southern Whites went to to halt any civil rights for Black Americans. And, given that, how even more remarkable it was that African Americans persisted. Lots of context for the past 50 years and BLM today. And if you don’t know Fred Shuttlesworth you will get to know this lively character and his humor, many sacrifices, and achievements.
This book highlights systemic patterns that still exist today: the wealthy encouraging racial division to distract from incredible economic inequity, policy brutality, rage of the oppressed leading to violence and riots. An excellent read that does highlight the progress that has been made in racial justice but also makes clear that problems that remain today are multifaceted and deeply rooted. I enjoyed that the author personalized the history a bit by including the impact on members of her own family.
Just came to know about this book which is almost 20 years old. Given recent protests (June - July, 2020) I think learning about the subject matter that is deep and erudite can be very helpful.
Pulitzer winner! Well-written to include primary sourced.
My family was from Birmingham for generations and I was growing up in the 50s and 60s. I personally knew many of the people mentioned in the book. I did not find the average person in Birmingham to be quite as elitist or racist as the author experienced ...and I grew up in her neighborhood. How perspectives differ!
well done
A wealth of information and experience about a brutal period in our history. It is hard to imagine anyone getting more personally involved to tell this story than Diane McWhorter.
I am surprised Hollywood hasn't made this into a mini-series on HBO!
It would not be an overstatement to say this book changed my worldview, and caused me to be more thoughtful about how I look at anyone who is not like me.
It was very educational and the dynamics of all those involved were very interesting. However at times I thought there was too much detail that was not pertinent to the history making the book longer than necessary. I did find the parallels to today very interesting.
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