The Great Migration

Isabel Wilkerson won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism in 1994 (the first African American woman to do so!), and then burst upon the popular History scene with The Warmth of Other Suns. Between 1916 to 1970, six million Black Americans left the Jim Crow-era south and headed to points north in the Northeastern, Midwestern, and Western regions of the U.S. Fifteen years in the making, The Warmth of Other Suns illuminated the Great Migration through precise research, statistical analysis, and three biographical stories rich with novelistic detail. Ida Mae Brandon Gladney, a sharecropper’s wife resettled in Chicago in the 1930s; an agricultural worker named George Swanson Starling moved from Florida to New York City in the 1940s; and a Louisiana physician, Robert Joseph Pershing Foster, headed for Los Angeles in the 1950s. As an armchair historian relatively new to Audible at the time, Robin Miles’ performance (she later entered the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame, not surprisingly!) opened my mind and heart to what deep-dive audio narrative could be. (Ken Burns introduced the audio edition, which was icing on the cake!) I can’t miss this opportunity to highlight a stellar labor of love – and the listens that surround it in our store. Please click here to explore stories influenced by The Great Migration (and the Second Great Migration.) —Christina, Audible Editor