This book wss recommended by a couple friends. I'm so glad they told me about it. It was very well written and narrated by someone who knew what they were doing. I found the whole topic of of black migration in the US fascinating. I had never given the subject any thought and what an education I got.
I loved this history, but it is the pass, and if you do not know the pass, then you are doomed to repeat it. The genocide in Chicago is worst than Jim Crow, and I pray God steps in and end it soon.
I fell in love with the these folks. I mourned at each death, I railed at each injustice and I celebrated every achievement .
Well researched and delivered, imagine my horror when in the last few minutes the author declared " the white man" was totally responsible .
While I agree the negro was brought unwillingly by the white Europeans , please let us not, as the author stated leave the negro blameless.
Clearly, African Blacks sold their own- this complicity should be acknowledged or the book becomes nothing more than racial propaganda against whites!
The author should have either ended before she discussed whites or she should have researched slave trafficking out of Africa by blacks!
Loved the audiobook! It made the story much easier to follow than reading the physical book. (Just a personal thing for me.) I actually started the beginning of the physical book for a school assignment and remembered only a few things, such as Ida Mae's culture shock with the big city of Detroit and Robert's drive to California. Still interested in this work, I started over with the audiobook and picked up lots of things that I missed before. (I didn't know George was a train conductor! I love trains!)
I'm docking one star from "Performance" because Robin Miles mispronounced a word or two toward the beginning of the book (e.g. adding an "s" to a singular word). Otherwise, she was a great narrator, as she brought motion and life to the story and even used an authentic southern accent to the dialogues.
This untold story of a significant part of American history should be required reading. Ms Wilkerson captured in brilliant detail and colorful language the impact of a people who despite the marginalization forced by a racist power structure managed to change America.
I left South Carolina in 1966 to join the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War and was not even aware of the fact that I too was part of this movement of people out of the south looking for a better life.
One of the most important books of this or any decade. Very well researched and written. The narrative as well as the history is compelling and it is beautifully read. All Americans should read or listen to this book.
I learned a lot that I feel like I should have known already about the great migration. The book is really three biographies and a history book all in one. It is a huge achievement on Isabel Wilkerson's part. And the narration is lovely to listen to. The narrator brings out the individual character of rack of the protagonists without being actor lay. I was sorry that the book had to end.
A tale told with great warmth and wonderful narration. a story of tremendous sacrifice and courage that will be a beacon of the great migration long after those who experienced it are gone.