This is such an amazing book and it is very well researched. I feel it should be required reading for all those wanting to understand the history of the US. Thank you for this brilliant work.
Beautifully written and read. This work is a literary and American treasure. I am grateful to the author for such in depth and specific work. I had no idea the migration had so many intricate details. Thank you!
This book is great because it combines an historical aspect with 3 great stories that makes the lengthy listen entertaining. It also allows to understand how the bigger northen cities came about. I wasn't aware of the size of the migration and how it shaped and still shapes big American cities.
The voice is perfect for this type of listen. It made a breeze!
An amazing piece of work. An important subject matter that I wish more people had an understanding of. In the political climate of today the more people who know the facts presented in this book, the better. This book should be required for anyone going into politics. In this age of false news and political lies, this well-researched historical work is indeed refreshing.
I listened to this book after hearing Ms. Wilkerson'a interview on NPR. She was so knowledgeable and insightful that I had to veer away from my usual business and entrepreneurial listened to this moving and informative monumental literary achievement. I found myself reflecting on my parent's efforts to migrate to Washington,DC from the south, pursue and complete their college education, such that I and my sister could become comfortably middle class, college educated, and world traveled. I was moved to the verge of tears by the description of the shear inhuman savagery of the Jim Crow system. We survived pure evil. That profound evil is transparently hidden by the currently en vogue terminology "southern traditions". This book deeply affected me.
It is a fascinating look at three representative African-American individuals whose experience of the Great Black Migration from 1915 to 1975 is representative of what many African-Americans experienced in that period.
It is readable, understandable, authentic sociology and economics of that period and that experience in American history.
I have not.
The Epilogue is magnificent. The early years of the three central characters in Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana are both heart rending and riveting.
Read the book! It is a picture of America no American should miss or avoid.
I am not sure that I have read a more compelling piece of nonfiction. It is extraordinary in every respect. It is articulate, cogent, scholarly, objective, authentic and entertaining. Rarely is a piece of nonfiction a page turner. This is a page turner! I too am one generation removed from "The Great Migration" and now I have a framework for much of my own history. The incredulity of my own family's participation and the other millions of blacks making such an enormous decision one by one is more than I can imagine. This is the kind of piece that can point the way to constructive interaction between black America and white America I am honored to have had the opportunity to be your audience and truly grateful to you for the the enormous amount of work that you engaged in to bring this project forth to share with us. . I cannot express my appreciation! Much Joy and Peace to you!
Alda Underwood-Hall DMD, MS
The scope and details about the Great Migration was fascinating. This book really opened my eyes to a vast section of American history that I was heretofore not aware of. I knew black people had moved North, but I had no idea of the extent of the movement, the sheer numbers of people involved. I, of course heard and read about the Jim Crow South, but these stories really made clear with copious details what a horrible, tragic time it was. It was also eye opening to learn about the less proscribed, but nonetheless pervasive racism that permeated the cities of the North. It makes the rising tide of white nationalism and racism we see today, especially since Nov. 8, 2016, seem less surprising, but still altogether regrettable and lamentable.
I liked how the author intertwined the personal stories of the three people she focused on along with facts about the times and places she was writing about.
I liked them all.
Yes. Once I started listening, I found it hard to stop. However, the sheer length of the work required successive listening sessions.
One of the best books I have read/listened to in my life, and I have read and heard many nonfiction books. I have recommended it to nearly everybody I have intelligent conversations with. My only slight problem was that the narrator while overall most excellent, made all the characters sound the same with the same Southern accent, cadence and intonations. Would have been nice to put a little more imagination into individual voices.