University at Albany

Carried by Six
by Allen Ballard

In his crime novel Carried by Six (2009), Allen Ballard plots a fast-paced tale of murder and gangland vengeance abruptly inflicted upon a working-class family who struggle day-to-day for survival in Philadelphia’s projects.

Ballard, whose nonfiction works have chronicled blacks’ struggle for educational parity and their “Great Migration” north, made his novelist debut in 2006 with Where I’m Bound, about enslaved and freed members of an all-black Civil War regiment. Ballard is a professor of history and Africana studies at UAlbany.