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Starred Review. Ida Mae Brandon Gladney, a sharecropper's wife, left Mississippi for Milwaukee in 1937, after her cousin was falsely accused of stealing a white man's turkeys and was almost beaten to death. In 1945, George Swanson Starling, a citrus picker, fled Florida for Harlem after learning of the grove owners' plans to give him a "necktie party" (a lynching). Robert Joseph Pershing Foster made his trek from Louisiana to California in 1953, embittered by "the absurdity that he was doing surgery for the United States Army and couldn't operate in his own home town." Anchored to these three stories is Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Wilkerson's magnificent, extensively researched study of the "great migration," the exodus of six million black Southerners out of the terror of Jim Crow to an "uncertain existence" in the North and Midwest. Wilkerson deftly incorporates sociological and historical studies into the novelistic narratives of Gladney, Starling, and Pershing settling in new lands, building anew, and often finding that they have not left racism behind. The drama, poignancy, and romance of a classic immigrant saga pervade this book, hold the reader in its grasp, and resonate long after the reading is done.
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In The Warmth of Other Suns Wilkerson has composed a masterpiece of narrative journalism on a subject vital to our national identity, as compelling as it is heartbreaking and hopeful. Critics, however, were less certain about whether Wilkerson has written a definitive history of the Great Migration. Several reviewers saw the book as an important corrective to previous scholarship on the Migration that too often grouped African Americans into a voiceless mass, that focused exclusively on the negative consequences of their move to Northern urban centers, and that often emphasized economic and sociological explanations at the expense of the personal. Other critics felt that Wilkerson could have taken advantage of more of this scholarship, even if it was sometimes flawed, and could have taken into account larger structural influences. But The Warmth of Other Suns is an impressive achievement--a fresh, rich look at an important chapter in American history. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
A deep, detailed look at 50+ years of American history I wasn't taught in high school. An eye opening, beautiful narrative. I didn't want it to end.Published 1 day ago by William R. Lonergan
I gave this to a friend as a birthday present. She loves it, so It's good for me. I purchased it because I read that Shonda Rimes is has purchased the rights to this book and is... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Meesh
It should be required reading for all freshman and college students! The good thing is that it's also easy to read because one gets very involved with the families described. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Peregrina
a must-read for anyone who knows how to read... Well done, Ms. Wilkerson, very well done indeed!Published 6 days ago by Sheila Anderson
A history, shocking and remarkable, about the migration of Blacks from South to North, told by following three people who migrated to NYC, Chicago, and LA. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Sun Storm
I loved this book. I wish everyone would read the book. It is must reading for those who care about racial justice, and who want to understand how we got here. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Pat