The Resource The warmth of other suns : the epic story of America's great migration, Isabel Wilkerson

The warmth of other suns : the epic story of America's great migration, Isabel Wilkerson

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The warmth of other suns : the epic story of America's great migration
Title
The warmth of other suns
Title remainder
the epic story of America's great migration
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Isabel Wilkerson
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warmth of other suns
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the epic story of Americas great migration
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eng
Summary
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
Summary
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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Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2011.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2010.
  • Hurston/Wright Legacy Award: Nonfiction, 2011.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2010.
  • Mark Lynton History Prize, 2011.
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-Fiction, 2010.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2010
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contains biographical information
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361072
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Wilkerson, Isabel
Dewey number
304.873
Index
no index present
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1160
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • African Americans
  • Migration, Internal
  • Rural-urban migration
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adult
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the epic story of America's great migration
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The warmth of other suns : the epic story of America's great migration, Isabel Wilkerson
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24 cm.
Extent
622 pages
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9780679763888
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rdamedia.
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regular print
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The warmth of other suns : the epic story of America's great migration, Isabel Wilkerson
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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txt
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rdacontent.
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24 cm.
Extent
622 pages
Isbn
9780679763888
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(pbk.)
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
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n
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regular print

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