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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 compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more 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.
“A landmark piece of nonfiction…. sure to hold many surprises for readers of any race or experience….A mesmerizing book that warrants comparison to The Promised Land, Nicholas Lemann’s study of the Great Migration’s early phase, and Common Ground, J. Anthony Lukas’s great, close-range look at racial strife in Boston….Wilkerson’s closeness with, and profound affection for, her subjects reflect her deep immersion in their stories and allow the reader to share that connection.”-Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“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.”-John Stauffer, Wall Street Journal
“A massive and masterly account of the Great Migration….A narrative epic rigorous enough to impress all but the crankiest of scholars, yet so immensely readable as to land the author a future place on Oprah’s couch.” -David Oshinsky, The New York Times Book Review (Cover Review)
“A deeply affecting, finely crafted and heroic book ….Wilkerson has taken on one of the most important demographic upheavals of the past century—a phenomenon whose dimensions and significance have eluded many a scholar—and told it through the lives of three people no one has ever heard of….This is narrative nonfiction, lyrical and tragic and fatalist. The story exposes; the story moves; the story ends. What Wilkerson urges, finally, isn’t argument at all; it’s compassion. Hush, and listen.” -Jill Lepore, The New Yorker
Table of Contents
|In The Land of the Forefathers||p. 1|
|The Great Migration, 1915-1970||p. 8|
|Ida Mae Brandon Gladney||p. 19|
|The Stirrings of Discontent||p. 36|
|George Swanson Starling||p. 47|
|Robert Joseph Pershing Foster||p. 72|
|A Burdensome Labor||p. 95|
|The Awakening||p. 124|
|Breaking Away||p. 165|
|The Appointed Time of Their Coming||p. 183|
|The Kinder Mistress||p. 223|
|New York||p. 227|
|Los Angeles||p. 230|
|The Things They Left Behind||p. 238|
|Transplanted in Alien Soil||p. 242|
|To Bend in Strange Winds||p. 285|
|The Other Side of Jordan||p. 302|
|The River Keeps Running||p. 351|
|The Prodigals||p. 364|
|The Fullness of the Migration||p. 413|
|In the Places They Left||p. 435|
|More north and West than South||p. 455|
|And, Perhaps, to Bloom||p. 481|
|The Winter of Their Lives||p. 491|
|The Emancipation of Ida Mae||p. 516|
|Notes on Methodology||p. 539|
|Permissions Acknowledgments||p. 621|
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