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Carry Me Home ~ review
Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution
[ quoting ] "Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution" is another invisible story from the front lines of the civil rights movement. However hateful and ugly, the perspective of the white business aristocracy that resisted, with all its power, every effort to change the class and race relations of its city is a much-neglected part of the story of the civil rights movement. Diane McWhorter uses the city of Birmingham to give us first-hand accounts of all sides that clashed in a climactic battle in 1963. As an investigative journalist, McWhorter returned to the city of her youth and, through history and personal memoir, reveals the collusion that existed between the city's business establishment, public officials such as Police Commissioner Bull Connor and the klansmen who met nonviolence with ropes, bombs and guns. A daughter of Birmingham's white elite, McWhorter was the same age as the four 10-year-old black girls killed by the bomb that blasted through the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church basement in 1963. In the same year, she witnessed the series of battles that took place after King targeted Birmingham--then considered the most segregated city in America--as the last stand against American apartheid. Powerfully written, vividly recounted, McWhorter's intimate yet magisterial narrative adds important insights to our understanding of the Ku Klux Klan and its connections with official power in the South.