AirTalk for September 21, 2010

America’s great migration

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by Isabel Wilkerson

The Warmth of Other Suns

In her new book The Warmth of Others Suns, Isabel Wilkerson, the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism, chronicles the decades-long migration of African-Americans from the South to the North and the West from World War I through the 1070s. These migrants were the silent actors in a movement of profound racial and social change in America, surviving brutal circumstances that predate the benefits of the Civil Right Movement. Drawing on archival material and over 1,200 interviews, Wilkerson traces the lives of three individuals and their families from their beginnings in the South to their decision to leave their home and seek a better life in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.


Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

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