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The warmth of other suns : the epic story of America's great migration / Isabel Wilkerson.

Wilkerson, Isabel. (Author).

  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9780679444329 (alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0679444327 (alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9780679604075 (ebook)
  • ISBN: 0679604073 (ebook)
  • ISBN: 9781448755936 (hbk.)
  • ISBN: 144875593X
  • Description: x, 622 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Random House, c2010.

Available copies

  • 28 copies at NOBLE (All Libraries).

Current holds

2 current holds with 34 total copies.

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Beverly Farms Adult Nonfiction E 185.6 .W68 2010 (Text to phone) Available -
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Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [555]-587) and index.
Contents Note: In The Land Of The Forefathers. Leaving -- Great Migration, 1915-1970 -- Beginnings. Ida Mae Brandon Gladney -- Stirrings of discontent -- George Swanson Starling -- Robert Joseph Pershing Foster -- Burdensome labor -- Awakening -- Breaking away -- Exodus. Appointed time of their coming -- Crossing over -- Kinder Mistress. -- Chicago -- New York -- Los Angeles -- Things they left behind -- Transplanted in alien soil -- Divisions -- To bend in strange winds -- Other side of Jordan -- Complications -- River keeps running -- Prodigals -- Disillusionment -- Revolutions -- Fullness of the migration -- Aftermath. In the places they left -- Losses -- More North and West than South -- Redemption -- Perhaps, to bloom -- Winter of their lives -- Emancipation of Ida Mae.
Summary: In this epic, the author 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; she 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 historical detail, she 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; 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 successful medical career, which allowed him to purchase a grand home where he often threw exuberant parties. The author 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. This book is an account of an "unrecognized immigration" within our own land.
Awards Note: National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, 2010.

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Alternate Title: Epic story of America's great migration
America's great migration

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