The “great migration” refers to the migration of 6 million southern black citizens from the American South to northern and western cities during the period 1915 to 1970.
Isabel Wilkerson has written an impressively researched and highly readable account of this exodus, which although a documented historical phenomenon, has not been widely studied.
By structuring her narrative around the journeys of three individuals, Wilkerson humanizes the larger social and economic issues surrounding this massive population shift.
The great migration influenced every facet of American life from politics and law to education and entertainment. The Warmth of Other Suns is a must read!