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The Promised Land by Nicholas Lemann
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Aug 16, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: Americans
Read in January, 2002

Other than the 1960s riots, and the evacuation of ethnic whites from rust belt cities, the "Great Black Migration" is widely unknown to Americans who are not black. I got this book years ago for a class in college, and I didn't read it back then, of course, but I was rummaging through old stuff and found it, and read it. And it was like a book version of a PBS miniseries. Very well crafted and informative, with compelling narratives all the way round. It made me feel 1) kind of mad that I knew so little about such a major part of recent American history; and 2) glad I went to college where some very intelligent professor assigned me this book to read. So Prof. Haugwout, I finally got to reading it about 5 years late.

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