The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
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to fling myself into the unknown . . .
I was taking a part of the South
to transplant in alien soil,
to see if it could grow differently,
if it could drink of new and cool rains,
bend in strange winds,
respond to the warmth of other suns
and, perhaps, to bloom”
― Richard Wright
Isabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and a daughter of the Great Migration, writes with conviction and passion. To tell us about the relocation of southern, mostly rural black people to...more
Through page 72: I am finding this book both intellectually interesting and emotionally gripping. That is exactly what I have been looking for. The book focuses on the life of thre blacks: Ida Mae who emigrated from Mississippi to Chicago in 1937, George who fled from Florida to NY in 1945 and finally Robert Pershing who left in 1953 seeking to establish himself in California. The book follow these three individual and others for 100 years, during two world wars, the Depression and...more
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Somewhere along the lines, my teachers forgot to mention the approximately six million people that left the Jim Crow South during 1915-1975, in search of a “kinder mistress”, and that they summoned up the courage, and risked their lives to drive cross-country, illegally hop trains, and save for months to secure a train ticket headed to Los Angeles...more
I can't think of anyone to whom I would not recommend this book.
This book tells the story of the migration of African Americans from the South, starting in 1915 and continuing into the 1950s and even until the 1970s. Millions of black people left the South and settled in the North and West of the United States, mostly in urban areas. In many ways they were similar to immigrants fleeing oppression from another land. "They were...more
Just last year, I was helping my middle schooler study for his social studies test. One of the questions was about The Great Migration. Quite frankly, I had never heard that term before. There was no question that black Americans left the S...more
From 1915 to 1970, thousands of black Americans undertook a pilgrimage of hope and determination that led them from cotton fields, rice and tobacco plantations, from villages and towns in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky...more
I will quote here Toni Morrison's review for this book - "Profound, necessary and an absolu...more
While I was familiar with the atrocities of life in the Jim Crow south and kne...more
The Warmth of Other Suns blew me away. It is the story of the great migration of Black Americans from the South to the great cities of the North and West. Although there are antidotes about dozens and dozens of refugees, the story focuses on three individuals, their up...more
Its one-year buildup as One Book One Chicago selection dared me to pick up this doorstop tome rather than simply think of it as one of those great books for which I'd never find time. There was a deadline to meet, three weeks till the local library's discussion group meeting. Fortunately, the book's narrative structure made it an easy read despite the length, with a canny way of organizing a sprawling topic that assured the result would not turn bloodless.
Once as a scholarship judge I had to con...more
This epic story is about the migration of blacks from the Jim Crow South...more
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|2013 Clutch Readi...: (June 2013 Nonfiction Book) The Warmth of Other Suns--Isabel Wilkerson||7||47||Sep 19, 2013 11:01AM|
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