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

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-01-15
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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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 afterwordreporting last encounters with hero Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and describing the current drastic anti-immigration laws in Alabamathe author demonstrates that Alabama remains a civil rights crucible.

Table of Contents



Introduction: September 15, 1963

Part I: Precedents, 1938-1959

  1. The City of Perpetual Promise: 1938
  2. Ring Out the Old: 1948
  3. Mass Movements: 1954-1956
  4. Rehearsal: 1956-1959

Part II: Movement, 1960-1962

  1. Breaking Out
  2. Action
  3. Freedom Ride
  4. Pivot
  5. The Full Cast
  6. Progress

Part III: The Year of Birmingham, 1963

  1. New Day Dawns
  2. Mad Dogs and Responsible Negroes
  3. Baptism
  4. Two Mayors and a King
  5. D-Day
  6. Miracle
  7. Mayday
  8. The Threshold
  9. Edge of Heaven
  10. No More Water
  11. The Schoolhouse Door
  12. The End of Segregation
  13. The Beginning of Integration
  14. All the Governor's Men
  15. A Case of Dynamite
  16. The Eve
  17. Denise, Carole, Cynthia, and Addie
  18. Aftershocks
  20. General Lee's Namesakes


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