Tales from 'The Great Migration'

Isabel Wilkerson's history of the 1920s' black Southern diaspora

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The massive migration of black Americans from the South to the North in the early part of last century changed the social and cultural landscape of America forever. Six million African Americans eventually left the South around 1920. Before then, 90 percent of all African Americans lived in the south. By 1970, nearly half lived elsewhere in the country.

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson wrote a more comprehensive history of this mass movement…to remind all of us that it continued well through the civil rights movement.   Her book is called The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration.

(This interview originally aired September 15, 2010.)


Isabel Wilkerson

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