A magnificent amalgamation of history and biographical narrative that embeds three individual's personal stories within the larger context of the Great Migration, when approximately 6,000,000 blacks left the South of the United States for Northern cities or California. After the successes of Reconstruction were destroyed by Northern indifference and violent Southern opposition, the era of Jim Crow came to rule the South in all its brutal absurdity. The Great Migration was the response as people fled repression, lynchings, and poverty.
I'm glad to see how popular this book is for these are the tales left in the shed behind America's house--the descriptions of life under Jim Crow can only be reacted to viscerally. The legacy of slavery and Jim Crow still affect our lives today.
Highly recommended. You. Read. Now.