Shaking the Gates of Hell: A Search for Family and Truth in the Wake of the Civil Rights Revolution

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SHAKING THE GATES OF HELL is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Archibald's examination of a profound question: can one be good while they remain silent regarding the injustice and bigotry around them? His father, a Methodist preacher from a long line of preachers, was by all accounts a moral and loving parent and minister, but largely kept silent on the issue of civil rights during the turbulent 1950s and 1960s in Alabama. Archibald digs deep into both the history of his family as well as the history of the Southern church to search for answers and reckons with Alabama's painful past. This powerful treatise will challenge every reader to assess their own words..... or silence.

THIS COPY (shown below) was hand signed by John Archibald on the title page at the store. It is a new, unread first edition opened only for signing and comes with a certificate authenticating the signature. Published in March, 2021 by Knopf, an imprint of Penguin Random House.


JOHN ARCHIBALD (pictures below on our Wall of Fame) is a journalist for The Birmingham News, where he has been a regular columnist since 2004. In 2018, Archibald was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and was selected as a Nieman Fellow in the class of 2021. Thank you John Archibald for signing our books.

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