800x600 “The Other Great Migration is path-breaking! Eloquent and meticulously researched, this invaluable study brings to life a long neglected theme in the historical literature: the hopes, dreams, and ambitions of African American migrants who sought economic opportunity and greater social freedom in southern cities. Based on a wide variety of primary sources, this poignant and sweeping narrative of migrants’ foundational efforts to sustain their families, build community, and secure racial justice not only extends and deepens our understanding of the First Great Migration, it significantly buttresses the case for a longer view of the civil rights movement.”—Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo, author, Abiding Courage: African American Migrant Women in the East Bay Community
(Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo 2013-06-17)
"During the past half century, historians have described the creation and development of African American communities in dozens of cities in the United States, mainly focusing on the impact of the Great Migration of Blacks to urban centers in the Northeast, Midwest, and West. Bernadette Pruitt has redirected this discussion southward with a nuanced analysis of the migration that brought tens of thousands of African Americans from rural Texas and Louisiana to Houston in the first four decades of the twentieth century. By deftly mining a wide range of primary sources, including census records and labor statistics, social service agency client files, oral and family histories, newspapers, and available manuscript collections, Pruitt provides a solid foundation for understanding the agency and hopes for racial autonomy that spawned a dynamic community ethos, working-class consciousness, and civil rights activism in the Bayou City. This is an important book that establishes a long-needed and much-deserved place for Houston in the historiography of the African American urban experience."--James M. SoRelle, Baylor University
(James M. SoRelle 2013-07-23)
"The reproduction of photographs depicting migrant life strengthens the narrative" -- T. F. Armstrong, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE
(T. F. Armstrong Choice Magazine
About the Author
BERNADETTE PRUITT is an associate professor of history at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. With a PhD from the University of Houston, she is a former recipient of the Mary M. Hughes and Fred White Jr. Research Fellowships in Texas History from the Texas State Historical Association.