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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
Very informative and gave insight as to the migratory routes of Blacks in the U.S. very intersting read.Published 18 hours ago by Paula Ewing
When the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, Jim Crow laws took their place. This is the account of the African American migration to escape Jim Crow, by following rail lines to... Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Sue J
For those of us unfamiliar with the Great Migration in US history, this text enlightened. Isabel Wilkerson chronicled a narrative devoid of fiction to expose the fifty-year... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Morning Glory
this book talks about an period of time not many know about - the great migration.Published 3 days ago by Gina
Too lengthy since the points of the story had been made about 100 pages before the end of the book. Also, as noted by others, the
author was redundant in recounting... Read more
An excellent overview of the Great Migration of African-Americans from the South to the North from WW1 through the 1960s. Read morePublished 5 days ago by jtingermany