During the twentieth century's Great Migration, nearly six million people escaping poverty, discrimination, and state-sanctioned violence left home to start new lives in a new world. But these freedom-seekers didn't pass through Ellis Island: They were already
Americans, living in states determined to keep them subordinate by any means possible. The mass exodus of Black Americans from the South was a seminal event in our nation's history, transforming urban America and reshaping the country's social, political, and cultural identity. In this expansive, inspiring, heartbreaking, thought-provoking narrative, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson deftly chronicles a vast historic movement by grounding her tale in the real-life stories of three Americans who left "the Old Country"
to seek freedom and opportunity in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. It's a captivating read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of American history. (KG)