The Great Migration

The Great Migration

Journey to the North

Book - 2011
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Describes the period of the 20th century when many African Americans left the South to make better lives for themselves in the northern states.
Publisher: New York : Amistad, [2011], ©2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780061259210
0061259217
Branch Call Number: 811 Gr
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Audience: 003-008
Additional Contributors: Gilchrist, Jan Spivey

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In the early 20th century, many African-Americans left the South to make better lives for themselves and their families in the North.

Describes the period of the 20th century when many African Americans left the South to make better lives for themselves in the northern states.


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Jan 30, 2011

The Great Migration is a lovely history book. It tells the story of the great migration of African American families out of the South from different perspectives: young girl and boy, man, woman, at different stages of the journey.

The simple prose and illustrations helps to create a sense of loss and longing or a sense of hope as the people leave behind their old lives, family, and ways of life in search of new beginnings and hope. The author also included text that young children and adult can relate to and pulls on heartstrings. The illustrations have unique twists and are sparse yet charming.

This would be a nice addition to a school or classroom library. I think it would resonate with grade school age children. Reading it with an adult would also help to explain some of the poetic elements of the book.

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