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The Warmth of Other Suns

The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Wilkerson, Isabel (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Warmth of Other Suns


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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. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America.
Authors: Wilkerson, Isabel
Title: The warmth of other suns
the epic story of America's great migration
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 622 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Isabel Wilkerson
Contents: In the land of the forefathers. Leaving ; The Great Migration, 1915-1970
Beginnings. Ida Mae Brandon Gladney ; The stirrings of discontent ; George Swanson Starling ; Robert Joseph Pershing Foster ; A burdensome labor ; The Awakening ; Breaking away
Exodus. The appointed time of their crossing ; Crossing over
The kinder mistress. Chicago ; New York ; Los Angeles ; The things they left behind ; Transplanted in alien soil ; Divisions ; To bend in strange winds ; The other side of Jordan ; Complications ; The river keeps running ; The prodigals ; Disillusionment ; Revolutions ; The fullness of the migration
Aftermath. In the places they left ; Losses ; More North and West than South ; Redemption ; And, perhaps, to bloom ; The winter of their lives ; The emancipation of Ida Mae
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780679444329
0679444327
9780679604075
0679604073
Branch Call Number: 304.80973 W681w 2010
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Report This Nov 11, 2013
  • susankent rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This sociological and historical account based on three lives in particular and stories from hundreds of other interviews is not only fascinating reading - it also provides a new framework for thinking about other books (and movies) on the civil rights movement. Highly recommended.

Report This Aug 15, 2013
  • stevie22 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Slow and hard to read but had great content. Sometimes I would get the characters mixed up. Historically speaking it would be a good history textbook.

Report This Aug 14, 2012
  • enigma122 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

interesting informative history through the eyes of those who lived it

Report This Aug 08, 2012
  • haha rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An extremely interesting read. The Warmth of Other Suns was one of those books that are a must read to understand the experiences of others. Very touching, inspiring, and sometimes sad.

Report This Aug 02, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An exhaustive study of the migration of six million Afro-Americans from the south to the north, told through three narratives. Long but worth it.

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  • shizuku_san rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I couldn't put this book down. It follows the stories of three of the Great Migration's migrants from childhood to death, mainly consisting of anecdotes recounted by those people. Some of the stories are horrifying, some sad, and some inspiring. The stories make history come alive. I feel like I have a much better sense of what this period in American history was like, even though the book as a whole is not particularly scholarly.

The story here should be part of every school curriculum in north america. The migration of southern blacks was a profound act for the entire nation, and beyond. What no one seems to notice, or mention, is how badly written the book is. For a professor of journalism and nonfiction writing, Wilkerson seems unfamiliar with basic sentence structure and is endlessly repetitive. She frequently contradicts herself and repeats mundane and meaningless quotes that add noting to the thesis. Well worth reading, but a chore for devotees of Strunk & White, or former editors.

What a wonderful portrayal of events & situations that I witnessed in the south. All told in a warm, enlightening and authentic manner. Should be required reading for school children and desired reading for those who want to truly understand what black people in the south went through - if they were fortunate to go through it.

Report This Dec 12, 2011
  • KMT rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book will alter your perception of our country forever. The genius of the book is that it delivers a sweeping, historical narrative through the lives of flesh and blood people - not composites or dry statistics. It is impeccably-researched history wrapped in masterful storytelling. In agreeing with other reviewers, this book should be required reading of all who wish to understand our country.

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