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  • Title: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
  • Author: Isabel Wilkerson
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  • One of The New York Times Book Review s 10 Best Books of the YearIn 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 exodOne of The New York Times Book Review s 10 Best Books of the YearIn 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 compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history She interviewed than a thousand people, and gained access to new 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 With stunning historical detail, Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three unique individuals Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, where she achieved quiet blue collar success and, in old age, voted for Barack Obama when he ran for an Illinois Senate seat sharp and quick tempered George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, where he endangered his job fighting for civil rights, saw his family fall, and finally found peace in God and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career, the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a glitteringly successful medical career, which allowed him to purchase a grand home where he often threw exuberant parties.Wilkerson brilliantly captures their first treacherous and exhausting cross country trips by car and train and their new lives in colonies that grew into ghettos, as well as how they changed these cities with southern food, faith, and culture and improved them with discipline, drive, and hard work Both a riveting microcosm and a major assessment, The Warmth of Other Suns is a bold, remarkable, and riveting work, a superb account of an unrecognized immigration within our own land Through the breadth of its narrative, the beauty of the writing, the depth of its research, and the fullness of the people and lives portrayed herein, this book is destined to become a classic.From the Hardcover edition.
    The Warmth of Other Suns The Epic Story of America s Great Migration One of The New York Times Book Review s Best Books of the YearIn this epic beautifully written masterwork Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories

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    1. In 1994 Isabel Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for journalism, making her the first African American woman to do so Upon receiving this prestigious award, Wilkerson, a daughter of migrants, paused to think of those who paved the way so that she could have the opportunity to earn such an honor Listing a who s who of prominent African Americans of the 20th century, many had moved with their families during the Great Migration, north or west in search of a better life Ray Charles, Bill Russell, Je [...]

    2. Thinking back, I tried to recall some of the migrations that took place within America that I had learned about The Gold Rush The Dustbowl MigrationSomewhere along the lines, my teachers forgot to mention the approximately six million people that left the Jim Crow South during 1915 1975, in search of a kinder mistress , and that they summoned up the courage, and risked their lives to drive cross country, illegally hop trains, and save for months to secure a train ticket headed to Los Angeles, Ne [...]

    3. This is going to sound a little weird, but throughout my reading of The Warmth of Other Suns, which is primarily about the migration of black Americans from the Jim Crow South to western and northern U.S cities during a large portion of the 20th century, I kept thinking about my upper middle class white high school biology teacher, Mrs Ferry Mrs Ferry had a pretty significant impact on the direction my life took she was a vibrant older woman who demanded a lot from her students, and those qualit [...]

    4. I wish I had it in my power to make this book required reading for everyone, at least all students When we cringe at the horrors waged against others in the world today, we need to remember our own not so distant history and take the lead in driving change.

    5. I loved this book on several levels though with one caveat First and foremost, by narrating the lives of three very different participants in the Great Migration, Wilkerson fleshes out an important historical story that most of us know only in general outline, if that The details of routine racial discrimination that these individuals faced both before and after coming to the North are horrifyingly vivid and impossible to ignore Wilkerson s research is thorough and deep, and her somewhat controv [...]

    6. Isabel Wilkerson s The Warmth Of Other Suns is one of those rare books that cracks open the world and makes you see everything you thought you knew in a different light.The Pulitzer Prize winning journalist chronicles the massive migration of blacks from the Jim Crow South, where racism was still entrenched, to the North and West This happened from 1915 to 1970 and forever changed the country, especially the makeup of the big cities While Wilkerson s scope is large, and takes in history, labour, [...]

    7. After listening to The Warmth of Other Suns for close to two months in 40 minute increments on my walk to work every morning, the main thing I want to say is WOW This book is extraordinary in so many ways And I think I have to break my self imposed one paragraph rule for this review because there are so many dimensions to the Warmth of Other Suns.Wilkerson writes a comprehensive multidimensional book about the great migration the move by millions of African Americans from the southern U.S to the [...]

    8. An excellent social history that I finally got to and through with the therapy of staring for days at the rocky Maine coast for a week I knew it would sucker punch me, as it did I flashbacked on how my old, undergraduate prof in Race and Ethnic Relations mentioned he was quiting teaching the course after over 20 years as it was discouraging so little progress was made Here I am in the same boat job wise, and I haven t taught it for a couple years but can t help fixating daily on race and the cur [...]

    9. I loved this If you haven t read it, you are missing something astonishing and deeply moving Wilkerson shows us the migration of blacks from the south to the north from 1915 through 1970 through the lives of three main characters Ida Mae Gladney Chickasaw County, Mississippi to Chicago , George Swanson Starling Wildwood, Florida to New York City , and Robert Pershing Foster Monroe, Louisiana to Los Angeles Three very different people with different stories over different decades, but these three [...]

    10. With the turn of each page, I wished there was one to replace it The book was written to document the Great Migration, when approximately six million African Americans fled the South to live in other parts of the country But it captures so much than that I did not understand the enormity of this movement, until I read this statistic Before the Great Migration only 10% of African Americans lived outside of the South After the Great Migration, approximately 47% did As the author so eloquently sta [...]

    11. Excellent history of the movement of American blacks out of the southern states and into the north and west of the U.S to escape the impact of the continuing Jim Crow laws on every facet of their lives Wilkerson has found three exemplars of this internal migration who individually moved to New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, three of the popular points due to railway lines and highways Using these three individuals we learn some of the reasons black citizens without rights decided to make this m [...]

    12. Through page 72 I am finding this book both intellectually interesting and emotionally gripping That is exactly what I have been looking for The book focuses on the lives of three blacks Ida Mae who emigrated from Mississippi to Chicago in 1937, George who fled from Florida to NY in 1945 and finally Robert Pershing who left in 1953 seeking to establish himself in California The book follow these three individual and others for 100 years, During two world wars, the Depression and the events that [...]

    13. This is one of the best books I have ever read If I were the Queen of American education, I would turn every student s 10th grade history class into an examination of the time period from the end of the Civil War to today, seen through the lens of racial discrimination and oppression And this extraordinary book would be the backbone of that year s study.Every single person who cares about America needs to read this book ASAP, then talk about it to everyone they know.

    14. Say you want to tell the story of 6,000,000 Americans of African descent migrating from the southern to the northern US from the 1910s to the late 1970s Six million is a big ol chunk of people And a comprehensive picture of this Great Migration has been largely left out of the textbooks and consciousness of many of your potential hearers What do you do Well, if you re Isabel Wilkerson, you take 15 years of work and 1200 interviews and transform them into the page turning, gut punching, eye openi [...]

    15. On a plane so review to come In the meantime, now than ever this book is required reading Edited to add In early July, there was an awful week when we watched video of yet another, the 2nd in a week Black man dying while men in uniform, having shot him, did nothing to help him, but instead ordered his girlfriend to keep her hands on the wheel, as her little girl, so heartbreakingly, offered useless comfort from the back seat and then we watched helpless as a sniper retaliated against officers i [...]

    16. My Uncle Jerry appreciated this book so much that when he finished reading it, he sent me his hardcover copy through the mail in order to make sure I read it I hail from Detroit, and some of my elders, there knowing how much I read and write told me it was an ABSOLUTE MUST READ Nobody lied This book is a powerful, sensitive, exhaustively researched and compellingly composed and important work of narrative nonfiction written by journalist turned griot, Isabel Wilkerson.It has been easy to encapsu [...]

    17. I was not at all sure I wanted to read this book On the surface, it s a tough sell 600 pages about the Great Migration So, like, a really long book about people moving house In what world would that be interesting Here s the thing, though Isabel Wilkerson is a special kind of writer and researcher She s not regurgitating facts She s telling a story Three stories, actually, of three very different people who all journeyed from the southern United States to the north in the mid 20th century And, o [...]

    18. Isabel Wilkerson is my new Hero She wrote a remarkable historical epic Ambitious Over 10 years of research The stories are heart wrenching She gives us an in depth education about the Great American Migration in this country and manages to keep us completely engaged from start to finish I admit I was a little worried that this book would be too long I would drift off pretty soon I was thinking I ll skip some parts but I couldn t do it I read EVERY WORD I also lost a couple of days of real life i [...]

    19. I was leaving the South to fling myself into the unknown .I was taking a part of the Southto transplant in alien soil,to see if it could grow differently,if it could drink of new and cool rains,bend in strange winds,respond to the warmth of other sunsand, perhaps, to bloom Richard WrightIsabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, and a daughter of the Great Migration, writes with conviction and passion To tell us about the relocation of southern, mostly rural black people to cities in [...]

    20. An amazing story about the mass migration of blacks fleeing to the North and West in order to escape the horrors of the Jim Crow south Isabel Wilkerson interviewed than 1,000 people and spent years completing her thorough research This work of non fiction highlights the stories of three unrelated individuals, Ida Mae Gladney, Robert Foster, and George Starling in their journeys from Mississippi to Chicago, Louisiana to Los Angeles, and Florida to New York City, respectively The atrocities, inju [...]

    21. This book s description of the The Great Migration 1910 1970 of African Americans from the rural Southern United States to the urban Northeast, Midwest, and West is structured as the interweaving of three story lines The first is a collection of oral histories from the individuals who experienced the Migration The second is the telling of the biographies of three selected individuals who lived through the Migration The third is an examination of newspaper accounts and scholarly and literary work [...]

    22. I found this book very absorbing, even though the onset of work in the fall meant I had to put it aside for far too long.The section on migration to Milwaukee I found especially fascinating I grew up in a small town just outside that city, a sleepy little place fast becoming a bedroom suburb We had been there only a few years when a strange rumor swept up and down our dead end road a Black family had bought the house for sale down on the corner and would be moving in soon There was some exciteme [...]

    23. My grandparents migrated to California from Louisiana after WWII, and they like the migrants described in this book met their new world with a combination of wariness and determination, surrounding themselves with others they knew growing up, a vegetable garden in the backyard, recipes from down home, and family values that they passed on to their children and grandchildren As a result of their choice to leave all that was familiar to them, I had better educational opportunities and the ability [...]

    24. It s quite intimidating to try and craft a review for this amazing book I have a much harder time reviewing a book that I adore, than books that I liked This wasn t the best book I ve ever read, but it is the book that has affected me the most in terms of the foundations of my own family This book unmasked me and taught me how much I didn t know about where I came from On its face this is a history book about a period in time in American history between WWI and the Vietnam War What s strange is [...]

    25. Enthralling work of narrative nonfiction about a vitally important part of American history I want this to be made into a show on HBO.This book tells the story of the migration of African Americans from the South, starting in 1915 and continuing into the 1950s and even until the 1970s Millions of black people left the South and settled in the North and West of the United States, mostly in urban areas In many ways they were similar to immigrants fleeing oppression from another land They were alre [...]

    26. The Warmth of Other Suns is a transformative book, one that can profoundly change and shape the way we view American history The list of awards and accolades is so long the book does not need my imprimateur, but I will echo each and every one by saying, Read this From 1915 to 1970, thousands of black Americans undertook a pilgrimage of hope and determination that led them from cotton fields, rice and tobacco plantations, from villages and towns in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, L [...]

    27. I simply don t have the appropriate words to relate the immense impact that The Warmth of Other Suns has had on me I consider this massive book absolutely required reading for everyone that is interested in the history and experiences of African Americans It should be required reading for every high school student I could not have read this book at a better time in my life With the imminent fall out of our recent elections here in America, it is vital that we remember the horrors of the many inj [...]

    28. Another great book club book This was such a good book Over 1,000 people were interviewed for this book But ultimately the stories of 3 individuals are told Amazing research This book is about the mass migration from the south that changed the face of American This is not a light book It is heavy in so many ways But oh is it good Such a gifted and talented writer This clearly was a work of love Ten years in the making researching Isable Wilderson has created a Masterpiece with this book I highly [...]

    29. Everyone should read this book There is so much valuable insight and information, and the writing style is spectacular.Ever hear of the Great Migration Me neither This is the mass exodus of black Americans to northern and western parts of the United States to escape the cruel Jim Crow South in the early to mid 1900s.Ida Mae Gladney and her family left Mississippi to go to Chicago in the 1930s after a relative was brutally beaten for a theft he didn t commit George Starling and his family left Fl [...]

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