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  • Published: New York : Random House, 2010.
  • Year Published: 2010
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: x, 622 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 1160

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780679444329 (alk. paper)
  • 0679444327 (alk. paper)


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The warmth of other suns : the epic story of America's great migration

by Wilkerson, Isabel.

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Call number: Black Studies 305.896 Wi, 305.896 Wi

Available Copies: Malletts Adult

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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.

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Highly recommended

An utterly amazing book about one of the major social transformations in the United States throughout the 20th century: the migration of Black Americans out of the South to the North and West from 1915 through the 1970's.

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.

Highly recommended.


This book has opened my eyes to a part of US history that they don't teach in school. I think this book is highly engaging, and the history mixed with real stories makes it unforgettable. I'd highly recommend this to everyone!

Wonderful Book!

Ida Mae Gladney, Robert Pershing Foster, and George Starling are three unforgettable people who will now never be forgotten, thanks to Isabel Wilkerson. Their stories dealing with the Jim Crow South and the less-than-receptive North and West are amazing. By switching between their stories and some summary history of the Great Migration, Wilkerson has created a very readable and moving masterpiece.

Fascinating and Heartbreaking

Isabel Wilkerson explores the Great Migration by following three Southern emigrants who left from different cities in different years with different destinations. Through this relatively simple frame, she explores complex sociological issues surrounding race relations in the US. The horror, injustice and human suffering recounted here will break your heart, but it will, hopefully, provide greater insight into modern urban issues. If you like the work of Jonathan Kozol, or Nell Irvin Painter's "The History of White People," this book is a good choice for you.

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