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Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution Paperback – January 15, 2013
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Diane McWhorter, a journalist and native Alabamian, offers a comprehensive, literate record of the struggle that covers more than half a century and that involves hundreds of major actors. Her work is solidly researched and highly readable, and it offers much new information. Among the many newsworthy aspects of the book are McWhorter's discussions of internal power struggles within the civil rights movement, the uneasy role of Birmingham's small Jewish population, and the collusion of local government--especially swaggering Police Commissioner Bull Connor. The author also addresses the segregationist and white-supremacist movements and recounts the tortuous quest to bring the church bombers to justice, which was finally accomplished in 2000. Carry Me Home is a worthy and highly recommended companion to Taylor Branch's Parting the Waters and Andrew Young's An Easy Burden. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"On the evening of November 20, 1938, more than 1500 delegates- some 250 of them black- representing every state in the Old Confederacy, converged on Birmingham's tidy grid of a downtown, with the "so many vacant lots" that Jonathan Daniels, the New Deal liberal from an old North Carolina newspaper family, had described in his newly published A Southerner Discovers The South as "not so much areas of despair as shares in promise".
That's one sentence. If you followed it in one reading, congratulations.
I pick up "We are not Afraid" and "Parting the Waters" every so often to enjoy again. Reading "Carry Me Home" was rewarding, but not an experience that I would repeat.
The perpetrators of a bombing that killed four children went on to participate in other infamous acts including more murder, while the FBI stood back, just as today it reluctantly minimizes its cooperation with prosecutors as two more accused in the bombing go to trial after 37 years. What does the FBI fear now from its now dead informant who was involved up to his neck? Does the perverse racist and vindictive spirit of J. Edgar Hoover still drive the motives of the FBI? Is the FBI still as paranoid about people who might "embarrass and humiliate the bureau" to the extent they forget the real public responsibility neglected here.
Everyone who was anyone for the most part got into bed with the Ku Klux Klan, including the FBI and George Wallace. Wallace, whatever he said or thought, was disgusting until the day he died with his public lies about his Klan connections.
I was born and raised in Birmingham, worked there as a journalist during and after this period and covered many of the bombings and events Ms. McWhorter discusses. This is a magisterial work. Not just about the Civil Rights Revolution, but about dirty politics and corrupt journalists who pandered to the racists and the Klan. Ms. McWhorter pushes aside the clouds of hate and fear to see both the heroes and the villains. And she tells the story as only someone who knews the terrain could tell it.
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An amazingly detailed account of battle for civil rights on 1960 Birmingham.,A fascinating read.marvelously written!Published 3 months ago by Richard D. Reynolds
Of the three "CIVIL RIGHTS" book on this list McWhorter's book is the most personal. It is presented on the streets, in the homes, schools, churches, businesses, KKK,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Prison Guy
As a southerner and as a fellow student at the Monterey Defense Language Institute in 1965 with FBI agents being reassigned from their stint in Birmingham Alabama I have personal... Read morePublished 5 months ago by wsmrer
Delighted with my purchase. The book arrived as described by the Seller and it arrived ahead of schedule. Couldn't be happier.Published 7 months ago by Norman Eng
This is an excellent history of the repression and worse of some of our citizens.Published 8 months ago by Maggie Croft
I'm interested in this book of history it is highly recommended.Published 8 months ago by Eugene Evans