Sunday, June 24, 2012

A Great and important read.

In The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson chronicles the decades long migration of the blacks from the south to the north. After the turn of the century, Jim Crow laws became numerous and punishing. At the same time, around 1915, northern cities were looking for workers to replace solders gone to war. And the factory and foundry jobs to supply the war effort.
George Swanson Starling on Left

Ida Mae Gladney

Robert Joseph Pershing Foster
After interviewing about 1500 men and women, Wilkerson selected three individuals to tell the story of this great migration. This narrative nonfiction becomes a page turner as I waited to see what happened to these brave and remarkable people.

This is an important epic for all Americans to understand the movement of black from the south to the north in search of a better life.


  1. Commented on Facebook, but so glad to see that you've read this. This book did not get the recognition it deserved- I found it completely compelling, and it gave me insight that I've never found anywhere else. Spread the word!

  2. I'm about half-way through the book and loving it. Where did you find these photos of the three individuals whose stories Wilkerson recounts? I don't think they are in the book?