By Taylor Branch

At Canaan's Edge concludes America within the King Years, a three-volume heritage that might suffer as a masterpiece of storytelling on American race, violence, and democracy. Pulitzer Prize-winner and bestselling writer Taylor department makes transparent during this magisterial account of the civil rights move that Martin Luther King, Jr., earned a spot subsequent to James Madison and Abraham Lincoln within the pantheon of yankee historical past.

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She had such energy. Her humor was so good. Her knuckles were hardly swollen. I dare to hope she is recovering and all will be well from now on. Thursday, January 24, 1861 Clear. E. Moderate. Father and I made the mistake of discussing politics within Mother’s earshot. She colored and grew angry. “I will not listen to this talk,” she snapped. Without looking back at us, she retreated to her room. I heard her weeping. Father heard her, too. A little later, when she grew quiet, I went in to her. She was sitting at her dressing table, gazing at the charcoal drawing of the cottage, which Father has not yet framed for her.

I looked down on our house through the lantern glass. Mother used to stand and watch us kindle the lights as night fell. Tonight there was no sign of Mother. qxd 5/6/99 12:22 AM Page 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 S23 R24 Saturday, January 19, 1861 Clear. W. Moderate. Mother nearly burned the house down last evening, though she doesn’t know it. Father was in the lantern room; he’d come early to relieve me. When I returned to the house, I smelled smoke. Mother had washed my extra stockings for me and hung them by the fire before retiring for the evening.

McCabe to excuse the condition of the house. She told him she had not been well. Dr. McCabe said he found nothing wanting but asked Mother to speak at greater length of her illness. Mother said, “I detest the sea. It smashes and stinks and tears everything apart. qxd 5/6/99 12:22 AM Page 53 my health in ruins. My head aches, my joints ache, and every morning I wake swollen. ” To hear Mother speak this way pierced my heart. Mother said Father should have taken a stag station, a station where the men live without their women, without their families.

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