- Published: New York : Random House, 2010.
- Year Published: 2010
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: x, 622 p. ; 25 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 1160
- 9780679444329 (alk. paper)
- 0679444327 (alk. paper)
- African Americans -- Migrations -- History -- 20th century.
- Migration, Internal -- History -- 20th century. -- United States
- Rural-urban migration -- History -- 20th century. -- United States
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The warmth of other suns : the epic story of America's great migration
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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.
The author balances three individual's stories (journeys that started in 1937, 1945, and 1953) with larger sociological perspectives gleaned from thousands of interviews, scholars, reports, census data, newspapers, and other public information. The result is a thorough and well-rounded view of the what, why, and how of a vast cultural change in this country, how it affected those who moved, those who stayed (both Black and White), and those in the places who received the travelers. All well-written, compelling, and completely absorbing right from the start.
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