The Warmth of Other Suns

The Warmth of Other Suns

The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

Paperback - 2011 | 1st Vintage Books 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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2011.
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed.
ISBN: 9780679763888
Characteristics: x, 622 p. ; 24 cm.


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May 08, 2021

Incredible. Gripping. If you don't understand what blacks have been through in this country (I plead guilty) this book will show you through the lives of three engaging people who lived it.

ArapahoeJennieB May 04, 2021

A thoroughly researched and engaging history of the great migration of Black Americans from the south to the north in the first half of the twentieth century. This history is told from the perspectives of three different people from different areas of the south whose stories exemplify the experiences of many Black Americans who made similar journeys. Wilkerson expertly weaves their stories into the the larger story of American history and engages the reader in the lives of each of these people, and by the end of the book you feel like you've really gotten to know these people and are sad to let them go.

pacl_teens Apr 12, 2021

"When the Black Lives Matter movement began last year, my parents encouraged me to learn more about African American history. "The Warmth of Other Suns" thus made it onto my reading list, as one of the best books on the subject. It details The Great Migration, a time period during which over six million African Americans moved to the North and West of the United States, to escape the dangerously rigid caste system and Jim Crow Laws of the South.

This book is the result of fifteen years of research and interviews from more than a thousand people, conducted by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson (whose own parents partook in the migration so that they and the family they grew could have a better life). I greatly admire this book for letting me learn so much while still being invested in the content of the text beyond dry facts. Wilkerson skillfully tells history by following the lives of three individuals who took the journey, and manages to display all of what they left behind, and what they found in their search for more. I was particularly intrigued by the story of Doctor Robert Foster, a success-driven black surgeon who moved to California after the South prevented his race from exercising the level of medical expertise he could be satisfied with.

This book served my purpose to understand more, while still supplying me with an enjoyable read. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in personal takes by those most affected by racism in the United States at the time, as well as those looking for a larger picture of how the seeds of racism grew to be so deeply rooted, from history to present date." - Chloe, Grade 10

Oct 26, 2020

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Aug 30, 2020

This is a haunting history of 6 million African-Americans fleeing the Jim Crow era South to Northern cities. The author has interviewed thousands of people and has done extensive research on this less known Mass Migration within our own borders. The author has a great gift of writing the details for us the readers. Some details of lynching are unnerving and left me with no sympathies for the people of Southern States. Even to this day they fly the confederate flags! The book is very long, 538 pages plus Notes, Index etc add up to 622 pages.
Last few chapters of 1990 decade were less interesting compared to earlier decades.

Only other comment I have is that even though this is a history book, it has not historical photos of any major characters or events.

Aug 26, 2020

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Aug 22, 2020

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CRRL_JoyO Aug 04, 2020

A fascinating look at the migration of African Americans from the south to other parts of the country. The author uses the stories of three people who migrated to Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City to draw the reader in and portray the real facts behind the Great Migration in the 20th century.

Jul 27, 2020

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Jul 21, 2020

This is the first book I have read about the "Great Migration". The amount of effort that went in to the writing of this book is unimaginable. Wilkerson took facts of a century and wove them into a story about 3 people (Ida Mae, Robert Pershing, George Starling) who migrated at different times, circumstances and to different cities. Another book to be required reading in HS. Essential info that many people will not be familiar with, have been exposed or perhaps forgotten. It seems info can be lost in 1 generation! I hope discrimination/greed /hoarding has not become so ingrained into our society that we can't learn to share resources in the future. Keep hope alive! A wonderful informative book!

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