Monday, February 2, 2015
Cradle of Freedom
Cradle of Freedom puts a human face on the story of the black American struggle for equality in Alabama during the 1960s. From the Montgomery bus boycott, the Freedom Rides, the Letter from the Birmingham Jail, the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, Bloody Sunday, and the Black Power movement in the Alabama Black Belt, this history tells how ordinary people rose to the challenges of an unfair system with a will and determination that changed their times forever. It is a fascinating and extraordinary story that Gaillard tells with the dramatic flow of a novel, yet it is based on meticulous research.
“A feel for the right details and deft, interpretive writing bring to history what DNA testing brings to innocence and guilt… (Gaillard) cuts through the veneer of familiarity and takes us into the spit, sweat, and marrow of 40-year-old events.”
- The Charlotte Observer