The Warmth of Other Suns

The Warmth of Other Suns

The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679444329
0679444327
9780679763888
0679763880
Characteristics: x, 622 p. ; 25 cm

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Laurliz
Oct 26, 2020

Read for bookgroup

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pateljh
Aug 30, 2020

This is a haunting history of 6 million African-Americans fleeing the Jim Crow era South to Northern cities. The author has interviewed thousands of people and has done extensive research on this less known Mass Migration within our own borders. The author has a great gift of writing the details for us the readers. Some details of lynching are unnerving and left me with no sympathies for the people of Southern States. Even to this day they fly the confederate flags! The book is very long, 538 pages plus Notes, Index etc add up to 622 pages.
Last few chapters of 1990 decade were less interesting compared to earlier decades.

Only other comment I have is that even though this is a history book, it has not historical photos of any major characters or events.

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lindemuldercr
Aug 26, 2020

Modern Mrs Darcy

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kaseybreda
Aug 22, 2020

622 pages

CRRL_JoyO Aug 04, 2020

A fascinating look at the migration of African Americans from the south to other parts of the country. The author uses the stories of three people who migrated to Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City to draw the reader in and portray the real facts behind the Great Migration in the 20th century.

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bethgarza24
Jul 27, 2020

Rec from Elise of ATX SciWriters

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peacebenow
Jul 21, 2020

This is the first book I have read about the "Great Migration". The amount of effort that went in to the writing of this book is unimaginable. Wilkerson took facts of a century and wove them into a story about 3 people (Ida Mae, Robert Pershing, George Starling) who migrated at different times, circumstances and to different cities. Another book to be required reading in HS. Essential info that many people will not be familiar with, have been exposed or perhaps forgotten. It seems info can be lost in 1 generation! I hope discrimination/greed /hoarding has not become so ingrained into our society that we can't learn to share resources in the future. Keep hope alive! A wonderful informative book!

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alfredfrenzel
Jun 21, 2020

There are several outstanding books about the lives of black Americans in the first part of the 20th century, but few have the scope and lyrical passion of Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” A former New York Times journalist, Wilkerson masterfully recounts the exodus of millions from the Deep South in search of a better life, an epochal shift that established today’s complex interplay of race, class and justice. - NYT

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becker
Jun 20, 2020

An incredible and fascinating narrative non-fiction about the extensive migration of the American black population from the Jim Crow south into California and the northern states. This book focuses on the time period from WWI to the Civil rights movement in the 60's. The book was a bit longer than it needed to be in my opinion but was a very interesting read.

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tbos805
Jul 11, 2019

*****5 STARS*****This is the most incredible, impeccable written work I have ever read. It rocked my world. I have recommended it to everyone I know and all are in complete agreement. It really should be required reading in schools. I am now seeing this book referred to in other important works. I am so glad to see such positive comments here and you will be so glad you read this book.

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