The Warmth of Other Suns



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 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.The Warmth of Other Suns

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  • Paperback
  • 640 pages
  • The Warmth of Other Suns
  • Isabel Wilkerson
  • English
  • 11 November 2017
  • 0679763880

10 thoughts on “The Warmth of Other Suns

  1. says:

    In 1994 Isabel Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for journalism, making her the first African American woman to do so Upon receiving this prestigious award, Wilkerson, a daughter of migrants, paused to think of those who paved the way so that she could have the opportunity to earn such an honor Listing a who s who of prominent African Americans of the 20th century, many had moved with their families during the Great Migration, north or west in search of a better life Ray Charles, Bill Russell, In 1994 Isabel Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for journalism, making her the first African American woman to do so Upon receiving this prestigious award, Wilkerson, a daughter of migrants, paused to think of those who paved the way so that she coul...

  2. says:

    Thinking back, I tried to recall some of the migrations that took place within America that I had learned about The Gold Rush The Dustbowl MigrationSomewhere along the lines, my teachers forgot to mention the approximately six million people that left the Jim Crow South during 1915 1975, in search of a kinder mistress , and that they summoned up the courage, and risked their lives to drive cross country, illegally hop trains, and save for months to secure a train ticket headed to Los Angeles Thinking back, I tried to recall some of the migrations that took place within America that I had learned about The Gold Rush The Dustbowl MigrationSomewhere along the lines, my teachers forgot to mention the approximately six million people that left the Jim Crow South during 1915 1975, in search of a kinder mistress , and that they summoned up the courage, and risked their lives to drive cross country, illegally hop trains, and save for mont...

  3. says:

    This is going to sound a little weird, but throughout my reading of The Warmth of Other Suns, which is primarily about the migration of black Americans from the Jim Crow South to western and northern U.S cities during a large portion of the 20th century, I kept thinking about my upper middle class white high school biology teacher, Mrs Ferry Mrs Ferry had a pretty significant impact on the direction my life took she was a vibrant older woman who demanded a lot from her students, and those qu This is going to sound a little weird, but throughout my reading of The Warmth of Other Suns, which is primarily about the migration of black Americans from the Jim Crow South to western and northern U.S cities during a large portion of the 20th century, I kept thinking about my upper middle class white high school biology teacher, Mrs Ferry Mrs Ferry ...

  4. says:

    I wish I had it in my power to make this book required reading for everyone, at least all students When we cringe at the horrors waged against others in the world today, we need to remember our own not so distant history and take the lead in driving change.

  5. says:

    I loved this book on several levels though with one caveat First and foremost, by narrating the lives of three very different participants in the Great Migration, Wilkerson fleshes out an important historical story that most of us know only in general outline, if that The details of routine racial discrimination that these individuals faced both before and after coming to the North are horrifyingly vivid and impossible to ignore Wilkerson s research is thorough and deep, and her somewhat co I loved this book on several levels though with one caveat First and foremost, by narrating the lives of three very different participants in the Great Migration, Wilkerson fleshes out an important historical story that most of us know only in general outline, if that The details of routine racial discrimination that these individuals faced both before and after coming to the North are horrifyingly vivid and impossible to ignore Wi...

  6. says:

    Isabel Wilkerson s The Warmth Of Other Suns is one of those rare books that cracks open the world and makes you see everything you thought you knew in a different light.The Pulitzer Prize winning journalist chronicles the massive migration of blacks from the Jim Crow South, where racism was still entrenched, to the North and West This happened from 1915 to 1970 and forever changed the country, especially the ma...

  7. says:

    After listening to The Warmth of Other Suns for close to two months in 40 minute increments on my walk to work every morning, the main thing I want to say is WOW This book is extraordinary in so many ways And I think I have to break my self imposed one paragraph rule for this review because there are so many dimensions to the Warmth of Other Suns.Wilkerson writes a comprehensive multidimensional book about the great migration the move by millions of African Americans from the southern U.S After listening to ...

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    In the future, people will probably mistake the the origin of the phrase the warmth of other suns to be this big book on America s Great Migration, when it fact Wilkerson credits the phrase to a poem of Richard Wright s that she uses as an epigraph 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 In the future, people will probably mistake the the origin of the phrase the warmth of other suns to be this big book on America s Great Migration, when it fact Wilkerson credits the phrase to a poem of Richard Wright s that she uses as an epigraph I was leaving the South to fling myself into the unknown I was taking a part of the South to transplant in alie...

  9. says:

    An excellent social history that I finally got to and through with the therapy of staring for days at the rocky Maine coast for a week I knew it would sucker punch me, as it did I flashbacked on how my old, undergraduate prof in Race and Ethnic Relations mentioned he was quiting teaching the course after over 20 years as it was discouraging so little progress was made Here I am in the same boat job wise, and I haven t taught it for a couple years but can t help f...

  10. says:

    With the turn of each page, I wished there was one to replace it The book was written to document the Great Migration, when approximately six million African Americans fled the South to live in other parts of the country But it captures so muchthan that I did not understand the enormity of this movement, until I read this statistic Before the Great Migration only 10% of African Americans lived outside of the South After the Great Migration, approximately 47% did As the author so eloq With the turn of each page, I wished there was one to replace it The book was written to document the Great Migration, when approximately six million African Americans fled the South to live in other parts of the country But it captures so muchthan that I did not understand the enormity of this movement, until I read this statistic Before the Great Migration only 10% of African Americans lived outside of the South After the Great Migration, approximately 47% did As the author so eloquently stated, It was the first big step the nations servant class ever took without asking Thoroughly researched and impeccably pulled together, The Warmth of Other Suns containsAfrican American history than I learned in all of my K 12 years combined While lost in this book, I came to admire, cheer for, and feel for the 3 individuals whose stories are beautifully woven into the overarching theme With each of them sometimes joyfully and sometimes painfully reliving the details of their own decisions to mak...

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