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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (edició 2011)

de Isabel Wilkerson (Autor)

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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.… (més)
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Títol:The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Autors:Isabel Wilkerson (Autor)
Informació:Vintage (2011), Edition: Reprint, 640 pages
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As a resident of a small town in south Arkansas (Fordyce), I am familiar with the subject of this book, the migration of millions of poor, Black southerners to metropolitan areas in the North, Midwest and West. In fact, there are a number of “Fordyce Clubs” in such places as Milwaukee, Chicago and Las Vegas, populated by residents of those cities who have their roots in Fordyce, a town with a population under 5,000.

This book focuses on three specific cases of migration. The first documents the relocation of a sharecropper family in Mississippi to first Milwaukee, then Chicago, during the Depression. The second deals with a central Florida fruit picker, who migrates to Harlem. The final case involves a Black doctor who relocated from Monroe, Louisiana to Los Angeles. These vignettes are highly instructional and captivating. In between these case studies are broader, macro looks at the phenomenon. This aspect of the book is strangely repetitive and far less instructive.

I’ve got to believe that more than three individual case studies were available, many of which could have been used to cover much of what was discussed in a far less specific and less impactful way. Nevertheless, I can recommend this book to anyone with an interest in American history. ( )
  santhony | Apr 1, 2021 |
A truly instructive look at The Great Migration -- that is, African Americans moving from The South to The North during the Reconstruction and the Jim Crow-ism era. By interweaving both personal narratives and facts, the author creates a moving picture of that tumultuous time. While arguably "better" than life as, say, a planter in MS, The North is shown to be just as inhospitable and dangerous. It's a continuing struggle that's based upon savage economic inequality and, as Wilberson terms it, strict caste systems. The book should be required reading for all Americans. ( )
  mjspear | Mar 19, 2021 |
In this Pulitzer Prize–winning book, author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the greatest untold stories in American history. A migration lasting from 1915-1970—this migration of black citizens fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. With incredible historical detail, the story follows the lives of three individuals—Ida Mae Gladney who left sharecropping and discrimination in Mississippi for Chicago; George Starling who left Florida for Harlem in 1945 risking his job fighting for civil rights, and Robert Foster who fled Lousiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career, becoming the persona physician to Ray Charles. The accuracy in detail and the richness of each story creates an epic whole that will likely become a classic. While nonfiction, it feels like a great novel of the past.

Review from: The Write of Your Life. Books on race relations in America.
  stlukeschurch | Mar 8, 2021 |
Reading this soon after finishing "The New Jim Crow" was a good idea. It is really an essential text for understanding the history of the United States and its current racial make-up. Plus, the writing itself is spectacular. Her emphasis on the narratives of three people who migrated from the South to the North expertly illustrates how the political is personal. It's a cliche phrase, but this really is a must read. ( )
  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson is a 2010 Random House publication.

Exceptional!

It is seldom that a nonfiction book, one detailing an incredible amount detailed history, is both densely informative and compulsively readable.

This is my ‘Black History Month’ read- and I can honestly say, I couldn’t have made a better choice for such an occasion.

The book covers the migration out of the south from the early 1900s all the way through to the 1970s, and follows three African- Americans- Ida Brandon Gladney, who made it all the way from Mississippi to Chicago, George Swanson Starling, who traveled from Florida to New York, and Joseph Pershing Foster, who left Louisiana for Los Angeles, California. Each had a good reason for wishing to the leave the south, and while their ultimate destinations were still not ideal, they had far more freedoms afforded to them.

The three main subjects are not the only people the author includes in the book, sporadically weaving in tales about others who migrated out of the South, which paints a full picture of how and why these decisions to relocate changed the dynamics in other parts of the United States.

The amount of research that went into this book is astounding. The stories are personable and real, allowing one to visualize the journey through the eyes of the Ida, George, and Joseph- by putting the reader in their shoes, into situations that really makes one think.

This book is ambitious and immense. It dispels myths, recalls important traditions, and chronicles the adversity, the challenges, setbacks and disappointments facing those who only wished to achieve freedom and a better life. The journey, though long and arduous, paved with adversity and tribulation, is also one of triumph and success.

The struggles are still here, obviously, but these stories are a reminder of what can be accomplished when one has the courage, not only to take chances and make changes, but to also make a difference for themselves and for the benefit of future generations.

Five big epic stars! ( )
  gpangel | Feb 18, 2021 |
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I give this book two enthusiastic thumbs up: you’ll not only learn a lot about this underappreciated part of recent America history (I see its remnants about me every day in Chicago, since I live on the South Side, perhaps the most famous destination of the Migration), but also become deeply involved in the lives of Ida Mae, George, and Robert. The ending is poignant and bittersweet, and will make you both proud of the migrants and sad about their fate. The writing is quite good (Wilkerson won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism—the first black woman to do so—for her work at The New York Times), and the scholarship, though thorough, is worn lightly. (The book was 15 years in the making and Wilkerson interviewed over 1200 people.) If there’s one flaw—and it’s a small one—the writing is occasionally awkward and more than occasionally repetitious, with the same facts repeated in different places. But that’s a trifle that should by no means put you off.
 
Wilkerson intersperses historical detail of the broader movement and the sparks that set off the civil rights era; challenging racial restrictions in the North and South; and the changing dynamics of race, class, geography, politics, and economics. A sweeping and stunning look at a watershed event in U.S. history.
afegit per sduff222 | editaBooklist, Vanessa Bush (Sep 15, 2010)
 
Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, uses the journeys of three of them-a Mississippi sharecropper, a Louisiana doctor, and a Florida laborer--to etch an indelible and compulsively readable portrait of race, class, and politics in 20th-century America. History is rarely distilled so finely.
afegit per ArrowStead | editaEntertainment Weekly, Tina Jordan (Sep 10, 2010)
 
Not since Alex Haley's Roots has there been a history of equal literary quality where the writing surmounts the rhythmic soul of fiction, where the writer's voice sings a song of redemptive glory as true as Faulkner's southern cantatas.
afegit per ArrowStead | editaSan Francisco Examiner
 
The Warmth of Other Suns is a brilliant and stirring epic, the first book to cover the full half century of the Great Migration....Wilkerson combines impressive research...with great narrative and literary power. Ms. Wilkerson does for the Great Migration what John Steinbeck did for the Okies in his fiction masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath; she humanizes history, giving it emotional and psychological depth.
afegit per ArrowStead | editaThe Wall Street Journal
 

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I was leaving the South
To fling myself into the unknown. . . .
I was taking a part of the South
To transplant in alien soil,
To see if it could grow differently.
If it could drink of new and cool rains,
Bend in strange winds,
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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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