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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Excellent history made compelling by personal stories.
Great in presenting both the bigger historical picture of social and political movements, and the personal experience of a small group of individuals. Great narrative style.
Excellent reading. A few sections in the book tends to repeat a few statements.
Was well written and the narrative parts were fascinating. If a fan of culture and history of the USA, I'd say you need to give this book a look.
My only complaint would be that several of the points were made over and over as if the author expected readers to lose sight of the main themes of the book. I found the repetition to be too much on occasion and had to force myself to keep reading in case I missed something that was as yet undiscovered or unaddressed. That I didn't want to miss something is a good sign for the book.
One of the best parts was the ending focus on how the nation could/should move on from now. Inspiring in that the country doesn't have to stay in the aftermath of events, but can move forward.
4 out of 5 stars for a well written book though at times unnecessarily repetitive.
Compelling narrative nonfiction. Chronicles migration of African Americans to North from 1915 -1970's. Eye-opening stories. Upsets long-held myths about African-Americans' success in society. Highly recommended.
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