Isabel Wilkerson on The Warmth of Other Suns

Monday, November 08, 2010

Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens, who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. In The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, she tells this story through the lives of three individuals, and examines how the migration changed the face of America.


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Comments [5]

hazy from ny

This was great, very interesting. But does wnyc have to try to tie in the Holocaust at every opportunity? Annoying.

Nov. 08 2010 02:00 PM
The Truth from Becky

Very interesting I would like to have heard more. I look forward to reading the book.

Nov. 08 2010 01:58 PM
Sister from NJ

It is truly a pleasure to hear this untold American story come to light. My Dad came from a small town in South Carolina to Harlem in the 1950s and told me stories of how if he needed to talk to someone from his home town (Cross, SC) - all he had to do was go to 116th street in Harlem. There are even churches that have South carolina clubs to this day. I have always been fascinated by this topic. Thank you

Nov. 08 2010 01:45 PM
Michele Wallace from New York, NY

Thanks very much for having Wilkerson on this topic. I greatly appreciate her book and am enjoying this interview.

Nov. 08 2010 01:40 PM

I had the chance to see the Jacob Lawrence series of paintings of the Great Migration on display at the MoMa. These Images with their descriptive titles formed a large part of my introduction to this part of our history.

Nov. 08 2010 01:37 PM

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