Monday, March 22, 2010

Mailbox Monday: American Journey Challenge (Alabama)

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page and it's one of my favorite memes. This week's mailbox features the two books I've selected for my American Journey Challenge hosted by Vivienne. The books--bought online at Amazon--came in the post on Friday afternoon last week.

Carry Me Home by Diane McWhorter: 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 for desegregation. 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 documents, interviews with black activists and former Klansmen, and personal memories into an extraordinary narrative of the personalities and the events that brought about America's second emancipation.

Ghosts and Goosebumps: Ghost Stories, Tall Tales, and Superstitions from Alabama
by Jack and Olivia Solomon: It's a rich collection of folktales and superstitions that capture the oral traditions of central and southeast Alabama.
Note: Please click on the links to read more about the books on Amazon.com.