My Account

 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Warmth of Other Suns

 

 The Warmth of Other Suns:  The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration 


by Isabel Wilkerson 


If you read The Help by Kathryn Stockett and want to see the bigger picture, this book is a must read. The Warmth of Other Suns is rich in detail and steeped in the flavors, both good and bad, of America in the first half of the 20th Century.


Decades after the Civil War, blacks in the American South were still living in virtual slavery through poverty, abuse, and discrimination. From the early 1900s until the 1960s, over six million southern blacks left the Jim Crow South and migrated to the North and West seeking a better life. What drove them? How did they hear about those other suns? How did they adapt to a different cultural climate? What were their stories? Isabel Wilkerson does an excellent job of answering those questions and telling their stories. After conducting hundreds of interviews, looking at thousands of public records, and reading the newspapers of the North and the South, Ms. Wilkerson challenges many of the preconceived beliefs about that period of United States history. Her detailed research won her the Pulitzer Prize but this is not just a lengthy tome on the changing demographics of America. The author interweaves those details with the lives of three main characters and anecdotes from that era. This could be the Gone With The Wind of the 20th Century with a black perspective.


I liked the way that the author wrote in vivid detail what were commonplace experiences for blacks that I will never know. Standing under a hot Southern sun picking cotton all day for pennies because the law forbade you any other work. Being heckled and threatened by a rioting mob because your family had dared to rent an apartment in a white neighborhood. Watching a young black man stoned until he drowned because he had drifted across an invisible segregation line at a Chicago beach. Even though they had migrated to a different place did not mean their lives were automatically better. Many of the experiences Ms. Wilkerson describes were marked with heartbreak but ultimately this “Great Migration” changed our nation. It changed the black families that lived it. It changed the white families that witnessed it. It changed our politics, our schools, our neighborhoods, and hopefully our hearts and minds. This book is one that stayed with me long after I put it down.

 

 

 

Share this post

Search This Site

From Our Community Partners

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Prev Next

October 11: Half Price Cat Adoptions

From our Community Partners Blog

October 11: Half Price Cat Adoptions

  We are offering a half price adoption special for all cats on Saturday, October 11th, during normal business hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.... Read more

Inverness Walks! Where History Comes Ali…

From our Community Partners Blog

Inverness Walks! Where History Comes Alive!

Inverness Walks! Will resume October 17, 2014 - 10:30 am  The next walking tour of downtown Inverness will take place on Friday, October 17th, and is... Read more

October 25 HALLOWEEN EVENT

From our Community Partners Blog

October 25  HALLOWEEN EVENT

Movies in the Park & Festival Saturday, October 25, 2014, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Children & Adult Costume Contest! Pre-Carved Pumpkin Contest! Fun Activities! Games! The event will be held at:  Lecanto... Read more

November 1: First Time Homebuyer Class

From our Community Partners Blog

November 1: First Time Homebuyer Class

A First Time Homebuyer's class is being offered by Housing Services. Participants who attend the entire session will receive a Certificate of Completion that is... Read more

New Day, New You

From our Community Partners Blog

New Day, New You

Coastal RegionTuesday, October 14, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Come join us at the library to get fit and healthy! New Day, New You is a... Read more

Our Mission


The mission of the Citrus County Library System is to promote the pursuit of knowledge and deliver quality information and educational opportunities to the community.