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This is one of those rare books that compel one to feel everyone should listen to or read it. It provides so much information, history and understanding. It should be required reading in schools and on everyone's bookshelf. I was born in the north in the 40's, lived through the race riots and civil rights marches, yet had no idea of what it was really all about, until this book
should be required reading in our nations high schools and colleges...the migrants of this country are the most resourceful and resilient people in America... more stories from people who over came a broken and terrible system need to be told and heard...thank you Isabel Wilkerson for this history lesson, that will never be under valued or lost!
The story of the great migration told through the eyes of three participants made a huge story very intimate, emotional and compelling. I'll be reading this again.
This is one of those books that is good no matter how you experience it.
Hearing the stories of celebrated African Americans like Jesse Owens and understanding what it took for him to overcome, was one of many awe inspiring elements of this story.
This is a collection of stories that will never fade from your conscious. The fullness of the data and the wholeness of the characters, make this one of those books that will be referenced now and forever.
I loved listening to the beautiful southern accents of the story teller and was very moved by each of the three life stories.
I was horrified by the fear under which the black people of the southern states lived for so long after the emancipation of slaves ... and by the hatred, savagery and inhumanity of the white ruling class.
I was also a horrified by my ignorance of it.
What a history of suffering, misery and shame.
What courage and fortitude the migrants showed (and also, in a different way, those that stayed).
I can hardly decide which would have been worse: to reach the end of your life knowing you had lived by oppressing, abusing and mistreating others, or to have lived as a victim of such appalling injustice.
I found Ida May's life the most beautiful and inspiring of those 3 remarkable lives. And the book makes me look hard at how I behave and treat others in my own life.
I want to be more like Aida May! :)
Thank you to Isabel Wilkerson for telling our truth. I saw myself and everyone before me in the stories. It satisfied my heart and soul.
It's impossible to fully understand America without appreciating this aspect of its history. A fascinating book, brilliantly researched, beautifully read.
I am so glad I got this book. It changed me, changed the way I see my life and this country. I begin to see the connection between this story and the racial strife depicted in the lives of these real people, and our own time. Isabel Wilkerson has done a masterful job of interweaving intimate stories with historical context and data. Her research is extraordinary. I am so grateful to her for undertaking this project. I will be thinking about this for a long time.
I loved this book! I learned a lot that I didn't know about the struggles that African Americans had after migrating to the North! This should be required reading for college students!
Isabel Wilkerson is incredible. I have the book and was impressed with the amount of research she did for this book. I started by reading the book, but downloaded it on Audible because I wanted to listen to it while commuting to work and at work. The people in this book are courageous and beautifully complex. These are the stories we need to hear to have a full understanding of our shared history. The narrator was wonderful. Thank you.