Shelf Life

The Warmth of Other Suns

Christina Huh Feb 8, 2011

Title: The Warmth of Other Suns

Author: Isabel Wilkerson

Publisher: Random House

Type: Non Fiction

Released: September 7, 2010

Length: 640 pages

Jazz. The Blues. Motown. Hip Hop. All in some way owe their birth to the Great Migration. Isabel Wilkerson’s book, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, tells the story of some six million African-Americans that fled the South from World War 1 until 1970. They left, taking with them their dreams of economic prosperity and freedom. And along the way, they forced the South to change and altered the American identity–as cities in the North and West became new centers for African Americans. Listen to Isabel Wilkerson’s commentary on the Great Migration and read an excerpt of her book.

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