This book is an education on the black migration , for that reason I would recommend this book. However I would warn the reader/ listener that the book is extremely redundant!
This would have been a much better book if the auther did not jump around so much in the story telling. The era's skipped around as did the stories of the 3 people that she interviewed for the book. The book is a weath of knowledge if you can for go the organization of the book.
Enlightening and heart wrenching, this book is a great insight into an American history that is rarely presented nor captured in our classrooms.
This story helped answer so many questions I've had about the larger history of African Americans of slave descent.
I listened and was able to understand myself, my mother, and her mother, that much more. Thank you for capturing this time in American history for us. God bless you.
Not better but the perfect complement.
Although I have read and/or listened to a number of books so compelling that I have revisited them more than once, this book occupies a most special place because so many incidents reflect my own family's experiences before and after leaving the South, it fills in the few blanks left out of the family narrative because to speak of them was too traumatic and it answered almost all the questions I waited too late or didn't know to ask.
This was the first time listening to Ms. Miles and I'm looking forward to hearing more from her. I think Mr. Burns would do our country a great service by producing a documentary on the Great Migration.
There were so many it's difficult to pick just one. But the train travel narratives resonate keenly - during the late 50's and early 60's my mother and I would ride the City of New Orleans between Chicago and Memphis whenever my dad was unable to take off the time to drive. I remember reverent and excited murmurs moving through the car as the train approached the bridge crossing the Mississippi. Even today I notice our surviving elders on that same route falling silent under the weight and emotions of earlier crossings. Soon even the youngest immigrants will be gone and it will be up to us, their children, to make sure their contribution to American history isn't forgotten.
This is a book I've read twice so far and will be listening to again. It strikes personal chords and it validates the experiences of my parents and the members of their generation who were our relatives,friends and neighbors, teachers and local politicians. When I was twelve my aunt came from Mississippi to look after us while my mother recovered from surgery and to illustrate why it was still important during visits down south to keep eyes lowered and mouth shut, she shared with me the details of a teenaged distant cousin's recent lynching none of our parents could bear to tell us kids. I remember thinking back then surely no one would torture another so hideously but after reading Ms. Wilkerson's side story describing his torture and death, I was back in the kitchen as Aunty exhumed hastily buried secrets. For those who would say let those secrets die with those who survived them, I would answer economic growth and decline were (and continue to be) built over the graves of deeds unspeakable - if we are to improve quality of life for everyone everwhere we need more Isabel Wilkersons to commerate those who took charge of their own destinies and left to build strong atrocity-free foundations elsewhere.. There is repetition but there seems to be methodical use of it - I normally have to backtrack often to refresh my memory of people and events as a dense narrative advances but have rarely done so with this book. I enjoyed her inclusion of side stories - they enriched and validated the experiences of the original three.
TRULY A WONDERFUL BOOK; GIVES A CONTEXT TO EACH INDIVIDUAL WHO IS DESPERATE TO ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM AT ALMOST ANY COST FROM WITHIN THE LAW.
I toggled between the print, kindle, and audio versions, which I often do with long books. The audio was such a pleasure to listen to ... I am going to look for more audiobooks by Robin Miles. She has a wonderful knack for voices and accents without going over the top. Nuanced, authentic, and lovely.