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The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
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Sep 06, 2012

it was amazing

This was another book chosen for the Pioneer Page Turners online book club that I moderate. It was suggested by one of the members and after reading it, I was grateful she did. It is a magnificent book. Magnificent, and yet infuriating, mainly because it concerns a time in this nation that not only shouldn't have happened, but since it did, should have been taught about better in school. In one of the club blog posts for this book (Sins of Omission), I mentioned that while I of course learned about black life in the south after emancipation, Jim Crowe and later Civil Rights, my class was never taught just how intense that sickness was back then. Blacks were emancipated but whites used financials games, a lack of opportunity and often violence to keep them enslaved. Focusing on I think it was three or four characters, Wilkerson helps us understand the many facets found in the story of the Black Migration. And she does this skillfully, helping us understand the mind of the character as well as the atmosphere that person found themselves in, both in the south and the north. If it isn't already, this book should be required reading for every high school kid to help them understand what it was like, how far we've come and how easy it could be to slip backward.
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