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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (utgåvan 2010)

av Isabel Wilkerson

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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.… (mer)
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Titel:The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Författare:Isabel Wilkerson
Info:Random House (2010), Edition: 1St Edition, Hardcover, 640 pages
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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 |
I saw this on several thread on LT and decided to give it a try - and was not only not disappointed but I am completely thrilled about this one.

Isabel Wilkerson's non-fiction book deals with the Great Migration, going from about 1915 until about 1970, when millions of African-Americans moved from the Jim-Crow-dominated South to the Northern cities of the United States. She interviewed 1200 people for this book and you notice the hard work that went into it. This doesn't mean it is difficult to read or straining. Not at all. She chose three people and their lives to show different destinies during different decades and frames these lives with summeries of what happened on a bigger scale. (Does this sentence make sense?)

It's profound and touching, makes you angry - and leaves you speechless and shocked. Moreover it is actually "epic"... it is maybe a stupid comparison: But when I read the last pages and said goodbye to Ida Mae, George and Robert, I kind of felt like as sad and depressed as at the ending of The Lord of the Rings. I immersed myself into their lives and stories and felt close to them, hoped with them, felt their losses and celebrated their successes.

This personal aspect plus the precious insight I got makes this one a masterpiece in my mind. It really helped me understand the current situation of African-Americans and why there is so much racism e.g. in Florida. I knew but haven't realized somehow how close the 1970s are - and that there are only 16 year between the final end of Jim Crow and my birthday. ( )
  PersephonesLibrary | Jan 29, 2021 |
Finally had my second library hold come through so I could finish the last 50 pages, and I'm glad I held out. This is a really remarkable piece of journalism and writing. Aside from the enormous breadth of the story Wilkerson is telling—about the deep injustices of the Jim Crow South, this enormous migration of people north and west, the circumstances they had to adjust to once they got where they were going, and the steady but slow progress of the civil rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s, all playing out together—she humanizes these big histories by telling the detailed stories of three individuals who migrated from the South in different decades. The fact that she pulled off such a multilayered account so well, with a pitch-perfect rhythm swinging between micro and macro—and that she communicated the horror of the situations folks were escaping without being melodramatic—impressed the hell out of this writer. It's a balancing act of journalism and it feels seamless. And I learned a lot about a sweeping piece of American history. ( )
4 rösta lisapeet | Sep 26, 2020 |
What a fantastic read. I was aware of the Great Migration but Wilkerson brings the stories of three people and lots of other stories and histories to vivid life. Especially in our current time of finally looking at racial justice and injustice, it is a deeply thoughtful and insightful book that made me think of what has happened in this country, not in the distant past, but in my own lifetime.
  amyem58 | Sep 20, 2020 |
This book documents that migration of southern Blacks to the North from 1915 to 1970, focusing on three life stories involving individuals who moved North. This is a really solid work of non-fiction, written in 2010; well written and researched.
It is a fairly long book,but easy to read. My one quibble with the book is sthat there were a number of cases when she repeated herself, I do think some of the writing could have been tightened up.
I am glad that I finally read this book (we read it for my other book group); lots of insights into the lives of southern Blacks before and after the great migration.

There are also some great chapter headings, as in this quote from [[James Baldwin]]

"We cannot escape our origins, however hard we might try, these origins contain the key---could we but find it--to all that we later become." ( )
  banjo123 | Aug 23, 2020 |
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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.
tillagd av sduff222 | ändraBooklist, 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.
tillagd av ArrowStead | ändraEntertainment 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.
tillagd av ArrowStead | ändraSan 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.
tillagd av ArrowStead | ändraThe 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,
Respond to the warmth of other suns
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whose migration made me possible,
and to the millions of others like them
who dared to act upon their dreams.
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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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