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Author McWhorter, Diane.

Title Carry me home : Birmingham, Alabama, the climactic battle of the civil rights revolution / Diane McWhorter.

Imprint New York : Simon & Schuster, c2001.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Special Collections Whitehead  976.1781 M258c 2001    ---  Lib Use Only
 Pittsburg 2nd Fl Non-Fiction  976.1 McW    ---  Available
Description 701 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Note Maps on lining papers.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [661]-669) and index.
Summary McWhorter's narrative tells the story of the civil rights movement in Birmingham, from the '50s through the '60s. In the tradition of such histories as Parting the Water and Walking in the Wind, Carry Me Home documents the real story of integrating the South. It focuses on the black freedom fighters as well as those who resisted them--country-club elite, police, vigilantes. It reveals the collusion between the city's establishment--the Big Mules--& its designated subordinates: public officials (including the infamous Bull Connor) & the Klansmen who did the dirty work. It describes the competition for primacy within the movement's black leadership, especially between Birmingham's flamboyant preacher-activist, Fred Shuttlesworth, & an already world-famous King, against the backdrop of a hesitant Kennedy administration & the corrupt Hoover FBI. 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.
Subject Birmingham (Ala.) -- Race relations.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Alabama -- Birmingham -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights movements -- Alabama -- Birmingham -- History -- 20th century.
Ku Klux Klan (1915- ) -- Alabama -- History.
ISBN 0684807475
Standard No. 9780684807478
NLGGC 235700924

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