Carry Me Home

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

By Diane McWhorter
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781476709512, 752pp.)

Publication Date: January 15, 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback

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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 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.




About the Author

Diane McWhorter is a long-time contributor to The New York Times and the op-ed page of USA TODAY, among other national publications. Her young adult history of the civil rights movement is A Dream of Freedom. She is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, and now lives in New York City.




Praise For Carry Me Home

Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize

Winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award

One of Time Magazinee(TM)s All-Time 100 Nonfiction Books since 1923

eoeBest Bookse List: New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, American Heritage


eoeA tour de force, comparable inimportance to J. Anthony Lukas's Common Ground andTaylor Branch's Parting the Waters.Carry Me Home is destined to become a classic in the history of the civil rights movement."
-David Herbert Donald, author of Lincoln

"An exhaustive journey through both the segregationist and integrationist sides of Birmingham's struggle . . . [McWhorter] contributes significantly to the historical record."

eoeA big, important book, a challenging portrait of an American city at the center of the most significant domestic drama of the twentieth century."
-Jon Meacham

"McWhorter's own involvement in the story . . . reenergizes the struggle, serving as a reminder that history is always personal."

eoeThis epic of reportage and history about Birmingham, Alabama, in the early'60s reads like a big ambitious novel. . . . McWhorter's complex narrative roves skillfully forward and backward . . . the cast is huge and vivid, the story brimming with courage, drama, villains and heroes. The War and Peace of the civil right movement.e

eoeThe most important book on the movement since Taylor Branche(TM)s Parting the Waters."

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