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Call To Home: African-Americans Reclaim The Rural South
The long-awaited new book by the author of the bestselling All Our Kin is a poignant saga of a reverse exodus: the return of half a million black Americans to the rural South.There have been many books focusing on the black migration out of the South into Northern cities. But few people are aware that over the past 20 years the trend has been in the other direction, with A ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published December 27th 1996 by Basic Books
(first published April 4th 1996)
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Over the years, as time compounded the mileage that removed migrates from their homeplaces, the image of the South they carried in their hearts could acquire a life of its own, swelling into an obsession, simplifying into a logic, embittering one moment and sweetening the next."
As someone who moved South only to return home, I could identify with the stories in this book. Granted our lives couldn't have been more different from the start, it was refreshing to read a book that resonated so strongly with me. From an academic stand point, this book is well-written and well-reserached. It still amazes me the depth of integration Carol was able to achieve with her participants. The level of depth is required and I think is what makes this an excellent book. I recommend this ...more
"Call to Home" tells the as yet untold story of the remigration of African Americans to the South. The book is written as an ethnography in a novelistic fashion. The stories told give fantastic insight into the motivation and attitudes compelling these individuals to move back "home". Rather than for economic reasons, Stack posits that it is the nostalgia for home and the love of family that has driven these African Americans back to the South.