Monday, January 07, 2013
Ayana Mathis talks about her debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. Starting in 1923, it tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the life of Hattie Shepherd. She leaves Georgia at the age of 15 in search of a better life and settles in Philadelphia. As she grapples with her own disappointment, she raises her large family to face a world that she sees as harsh and unloving. Oprah Winfrey recently chose the book for her Book Club 2.0.
Friday, March 25, 2011
A village of 109 people and less than three miles across has been declared the country’s mean center of population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The village is Plato, Missouri, and its location is an indicator that the population center has gradually drifted southwest. We talk with the mayor of the village, Bob Biram, 66, who has been living in Plato his whole life. He says "there's a little bit of everything" in Plato.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Last week we discussed the Great Migration, a time period between the 1910s and 1920s when six million black Americans left the South and headed to the North and West to pursue better opportunities. Among those migrants was the father of Takeaway listener Tina Collins. Tina’s father left his life of cotton picking to settle in Michigan. But now, Tina and her siblings are moving back down south, in what she calls the Great Southern Migration.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Why don't we talk more about the Great Migration, a time that saw six million African Americans leave the South in search of work and freedom? Our own Celeste Headlee is, herself, a product of this slow, leaderless shift that occurred over the course of six decades. She shares her family's story.