Pulitzer prize winner Isabel Wilkerson, brings to us the story of one of the greatest migrations in the US from the stories of the people who lived it.

The book tells us of the migration of six million black Americans living in the US southern states to the cities of the north: New York, Detroit, Chicago, LA, in the period between the two World Wars.

These are stories of Ida Mae Brandon Gladney, a sharecropper’s wife, who left Mississippi in 1937 after her cousin got falsely accused of stealing a white man’s turkeys.  Or the doctor Robert Joseph Pershing Foster who traveled from Louisiana to California in 1953 due to his inability of practicing medicine in his home town, even though he was doing surgery in the US Army. And the story of George Swanson Starling, a citrus picker who left Florida for Harlem in 1945 after finding out that he was going to be lynched by the owners of the citrus groves.

Wilkerson, who took more than 10 years and 1,200 interviews to write the book, tells us of this Great Migration with a lot of detail.  A migration that even dwarves the “Dust Bowl” migrations of the 30’s.

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