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.
ISBN: 9780679444329
Characteristics: x, 622 p. ;,25 cm.


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TechLibrarian Feb 17, 2018

One of the best books I have ever read! I have commented on this previously but wanted to mention it again in celebration of Black History Month. This book tells the stories of four individuals escaping the Jim Crow South. Each story is backed up with data, but without compromising the flowing narrative. This book is so well written that it's even used as an example in the writing manual Sense of Style! It's meaty, but broken into smaller sections, and the stories are so riveting that you'll want to keep going. It doesn't matter whether you're into history or non-fiction, anyone with a heart will be drawn into this stunning telling of the Great Migration.

CircMary Sep 30, 2017

Don't let the length of this book put you off. The author makes history personal with her masterful weaving of the stories of three separate lives that were forever changed by their participation in the Great Migration. Her interviews of over 1,000 people flesh out the full view of the movement which shaped our country between WW 1 and the 1970s as southern African-Americans set out for the north and west searching for safety, freedom, and a place they could call "home". Their successes and failures are eye-opening reading.

Sep 13, 2017

Isabel Wilkerson masterfully crafted this non-fiction book to tell the story of many African Americans fleeing threats of the South. In this book, the reader is taken on a journey through the eyes of Ida Mae Gladney, George Starling, and Robert Foster as they all head North for different reasons. Sprinkled throughout the book, Isabel shares information about others' struggles while migrating North during this time. The Warmth of Other Suns is a magnificent book to read about the Great Migration during a dark time, in the United States

ChelseaJM Apr 02, 2016

Immaculately researched, well-written, moving stories of triumph and despair. Whether or not you're interested in American history or civil rights, I can't recommend this highly enough; it's one of the finest books I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

Jan 07, 2016

I just recently finished this book and it was truly a wonderful novel the novel gives excellent insight about The history of The Great Migration and three powerful stories from three individuals Ida Mae Gladney, Robert Pershing Foster and George Swanson and their unique journeys from the south to the north I highly recommend this book if you are a lover of history and literature and this is a great read for teachers to assign to their students.

Jan 05, 2016

This was a great book concerning the history of the African American migration from the South to the North. What made it so compelling - and memorable - was the inclusion of the personal story of an individual from each decade.

Dec 16, 2015

Excellent history made compelling by personal stories.

Sep 24, 2015

Great in presenting both the bigger historical picture of social and political movements, and the personal experience of a small group of individuals. Great narrative style.

Aug 11, 2015

Excellent reading. A few sections in the book tends to repeat a few statements.

Jul 05, 2015

Was well written and the narrative parts were fascinating. If a fan of culture and history of the USA, I'd say you need to give this book a look.

My only complaint would be that several of the points were made over and over as if the author expected readers to lose sight of the main themes of the book. I found the repetition to be too much on occasion and had to force myself to keep reading in case I missed something that was as yet undiscovered or unaddressed. That I didn't want to miss something is a good sign for the book.
One of the best parts was the ending focus on how the nation could/should move on from now. Inspiring in that the country doesn't have to stay in the aftermath of events, but can move forward.

4 out of 5 stars for a well written book though at times unnecessarily repetitive.

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