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A Fire You Can't Put Out, A Fire You Can't Put Out, 0817309683, 0-8173-0968-3, 978-0-8173-0968-8, 9780817309688, , Religion and American Culture, A Fire You Can't Put Out, 0817311564, 0-8173-1156-4, 978-0-8173-1156-8, 9780817311568, , Religion and American Culture, A Fire You Can't Put Out, 0817313451, 0-8173-1345-1, 978-0-8173-1345-6, 9780817313456, , Religion and American Cultur

A Fire You Can't Put Out
The Civil Rights Life of Birmingham's Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth
Andrew M. Manis

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2001. 576 pp.
Price:  $34.95 s
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2010. 576 pp.
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When Fred Shuttlesworth suffered only a bump on the head in the 1956 bombing of his home, members of his church called it a miracle. Shuttlesworth took it as a sign that God would protect him on the mission that had made him a target that night. Standing in front of his demolished home, Shuttlesworth vigorously renewed his commitment to integrate Birmingham's buses, lunch counters, police force, and parks. The incident transformed him, in the eyes of Birmingham's blacks, from an up-and-coming young minister to a virtual folk hero and, in the view of white Birmingham, from obscurity to rabble-rouser extraordinaire.

From his 1956 founding of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights through the historic demonstrations of 1963, driven by a sense of divine mission, Shuttlesworth pressured Jim Crow restrictions in Birmingham with radically confrontational acts of courage. His intensive campaign pitted him against the staunchly segregationist police commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor and ultimately brought him to the side of Martin Luther King Jr. and to the inner chambers of the Kennedy White House.

First published in 1999, Andrew Manis's award-winning biography of "one of the nation's most courageous freedom fighters" demonstrates compellingly that Shuttleworth's brand of fiery, outspoken confrontation derived from his prophetic understanding of the pastoral role. Civil rights activism was tantamount to salvation in his understanding of the role of Christian minister.

Andrew M. Manis is an associate professor of history at Middle Georgia State College in Macon, Georgia. He is also the author of Southern Civil Religions in Conflict: Civil Rights and the Culture Wars.

"Thoroughly researched and wonderfully written, A Fire You Can't Put Out bears comparison with Taylor Branch's biography of King."
Journal of Southern History

"An exhaustive and compelling portrayal of … the Birmingam minister who labored in the trenches for years, often risking his life for the greater good of all Alabama citizens."
Kirkus Reviews

2001 James F. Sulzby Book Award, sponsored by Alabama Historical Association
2000 Lillian Smith Book Award, sponsored by Southern Regional Council
1998 The Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize, sponsored by University of Alabama Press