The Warmth of Other Suns

The Warmth of Other Suns

The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

Book - 2010 | 1st ed
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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. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves."--Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679444329 (alk. paper)
0679444327 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 304.80973 WIL
Characteristics: x, 622 p. ; 25 cm


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Jul 11, 2019

*****5 STARS*****This is the most incredible, impeccable written work I have ever read. It rocked my world. I have recommended it to everyone I know and all are in complete agreement. It really should be required reading in schools. I am now seeing this book referred to in other important works. I am so glad to see such positive comments here and you will be so glad you read this book.

Feb 01, 2019

How could I say any more than all the other comments here. Incredibly well written, timely and necessary information told in riveting true accounts of people personally impacted by the legacy of slavery in the US. I agree it should be a required part of the history taught in schools. Every civic leader ought to also be required to read this informative account of how the treatment of segments of the population can lead to far reaching and unintended consequences. Told so magnificently I had great difficulty putting it down. I apologize to those waiting for my copy from the library. Even though it was a day or more overdue, I could not return it until l had read the whole thing. The last day I had it, I stayed in bed to finish it so nothing else could distract me from completing this compelling story.

Apr 22, 2018

Excellent and riveting history. The author conveys the story of the Great Migration largely through the life stories of three black Americans from different parts of the South who migrated to different Northern (and one Western) cities. A great technique that reveals the sweep and the complexity of this massive event that unfolded over decades and profoundly changed America.

Apr 18, 2018

Superbly researched, this book recounts the unreported history of the migration of millions of black Americans from the rural, Jim Crow south from early 1900's through 1970's through the narratives of four migrants. Each person's journey was a different quest, personal economic, employment, educational and freedom from all manner of reprisal. The culmination of each person's tortuous journey had unintended and mixed results. This is one of my favorite history books and a must read for all Americans.

TechLibrarian Feb 17, 2018

One of the best books I have ever read! I have commented on this previously but wanted to mention it again in celebration of Black History Month. This book tells the stories of four individuals escaping the Jim Crow South. Each story is backed up with data, but without compromising the flowing narrative. This book is so well written that it's even used as an example in the writing manual Sense of Style! It's meaty, but broken into smaller sections, and the stories are so riveting that you'll want to keep going. It doesn't matter whether you're into history or non-fiction, anyone with a heart will be drawn into this stunning telling of the Great Migration.

CircMary Sep 30, 2017

Don't let the length of this book put you off. The author makes history personal with her masterful weaving of the stories of three separate lives that were forever changed by their participation in the Great Migration. Her interviews of over 1,000 people flesh out the full view of the movement which shaped our country between WW 1 and the 1970s as southern African-Americans set out for the north and west searching for safety, freedom, and a place they could call "home". Their successes and failures are eye-opening reading.

Sep 13, 2017

Isabel Wilkerson masterfully crafted this non-fiction book to tell the story of many African Americans fleeing threats of the South. In this book, the reader is taken on a journey through the eyes of Ida Mae Gladney, George Starling, and Robert Foster as they all head North for different reasons. Sprinkled throughout the book, Isabel shares information about others' struggles while migrating North during this time. The Warmth of Other Suns is a magnificent book to read about the Great Migration during a dark time, in the United States

ChelseaJM Apr 02, 2016

Immaculately researched, well-written, moving stories of triumph and despair. Whether or not you're interested in American history or civil rights, I can't recommend this highly enough; it's one of the finest books I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

Jan 07, 2016

I just recently finished this book and it was truly a wonderful novel the novel gives excellent insight about The history of The Great Migration and three powerful stories from three individuals Ida Mae Gladney, Robert Pershing Foster and George Swanson and their unique journeys from the south to the north I highly recommend this book if you are a lover of history and literature and this is a great read for teachers to assign to their students.

Jan 05, 2016

This was a great book concerning the history of the African American migration from the South to the North. What made it so compelling - and memorable - was the inclusion of the personal story of an individual from each decade.

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