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.
This story was wonderful, educational, heartbreaking, informative and historic. It was beautifully written and performed. I didn't want it to end and when it did I found myself wishing I had known the 3 migrants personally and I found myself grieving their loss when it was over. One of my favorite books ever.
Not many books I have read have so profoundly altered my thinking about events that happened in the decades before and after I was born in the 1950's. I thought I knew the story. I didn't. I love the way the author weaves together the life narratives of 3 protagonists with historical events and narrative of our country--north and south, east and west. I highly recommend this audio book.
This important work of nonfiction is insightful and particularly timely in the current political and social period of strife.
Isabel Wilkerson hit a homerun with this book. As a child of parents who experienced the migration it really helped me understand a different part of my heritage. Even for those who did not have parents who went through the migration this is an excellent historical story. I love the way Isabel wove the story through three characters who went through the migration. I highly recommend this read.
After listening to this book, I am stunned by my own ignorance of the societal impact of the Great Migration. My education on the matter has all been from a narrow view of probably white authors. The depth of the descriptions have been eye opening for me. The presentation of the information through the eyes of the real individuals whose lives were used as examples made the telling both interesting and real. The lessons learned from this book would go a long way toward a better understanding of the evolution of our society today as we struggle with diversity and civil equality. When black history is studied, we hear so much about those individuals whose accomplishments were extraordinary, but we should hear more about the individuals whose accomplishments are more invisible but in many ways more heroic and more identifiable for us as the masses. It makes one believe that we can have an impact on the future generations by our actions as individuals who do not necessarily want to be extraordinary but proud of our contributions as ordinary citizens. Thank you for this book.