The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

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    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves. With stunning historical detail, Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three unique individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, where she achieved quiet blue-collar success and, in old age, voted for Barack Obama when he ran for an Illinois Senate seat; sharp and quick-tempered George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, where he endangered his job fighting for civil rights, saw his family fall, and finally found peace in God; and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career, the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a glitteringly successful medical career, which allowed him to purchase a grand home where he often threw exuberant parties. Wilkerson brilliantly captures their first treacherous and exhausting cross-country trips by car and train and their new lives in colonies that grew into ghettos, as well as how they changed these cities with southern food, faith, and culture and improved them with discipline, drive, and hard work. Both a riveting microcosm and a major assessment, The Warmth of Other Suns is a bold, remarkable, and riveting work, a superb account of an unrecognized immigration within our own land. Through the breadth of its narrative, the beauty of the writing, the depth of its research, and the fullness of the people and lives portrayed herein, this book is destined to become a classic.

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    1. Our History of the Great Migration!!

      This book is a gift to my nephew who is a history major! I felt it would give him a personal look at our history. I read the book a few years ago and loved it. I recommended it to several friends. It gives you so much information about the great migration. on 10th May 2018

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    Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is the author of the national bestseller, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (2010), a sweeping history of the movement of Blacks from the former slave states to the cities of the industrial North from 1915 to 1970. One of the largest internal migrations in history, the Great Migration transformed cultural and political landscape of the United States. The book is based on interviews with 1,200 people who participated in the Migration, and brings to light the personal dramas and acts of courage that characterize a critical, but little-studied passage, in American history. Wilson was inspired to write the book by her family history and the migration of her parents. Wilkerson spent most of her career as a national correspondent and Chicago Bureau Chief at The New York Times. She is the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in the history of American journalism and was the first black American to win for individual reporting. She received the Pulitzer in 1994 for her 1993 coverage of floods in the Midwest. Other journalism prizes include the George S. Polk Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, and Journalist of the Year award of the National Association of Black Journalists. Wilkerson currently serves as Professor of Journalism and Director of Narrative Nonfiction in the College of Communications at Boston University.
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    Author: Isabel Wilkerson
    ISBN 10: 0679763880
    Pages: 622
    Publisher: Vintage Books
    Publication Date: October 04, 2011
    Binding: Paperback
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