U.S. History

2010 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist - The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

Isabel Wilkerson

About the Program

Isabel Wilkerson presents a history of the Great Migration, when approximately six million African Americans migrated to northern and western locales from the South from 1915 to 1970.   Ms. Wilkerson recounts the many reasons people had for leaving the South, the difficult travel that many incurred, and the geographical shift in population due to the migration.  According to Ms. Wilkerson, 90% of African Americans lived in the South at the start of the 20th century, following the Great Migration, 47% of African Americans lived outside of the South.  Isabel Wilkerson discusses her book at the Atlanta History Center.  Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award for nonfiction.

About the Authors

Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson is a journalism professor and director of narrative nonfiction at Boston University.  She is a former feature writer for the Chicago bureau of the New York Times, where she was the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in journalism.  She has also been a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the George Polk Award.  Ms. Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.  For more information, visit isabelwilkerson.com.


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2010 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist - The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

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Past Airings

  • Saturday, February 5th at 12pm (ET)
  • Saturday, January 15th at 8pm (ET)
  • Monday, January 10th at 6:15am (ET)
  • Saturday, January 8th at 2:45pm (ET)
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