The Warmth of Other Suns

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The Warmth of Other Suns
Author Isabel Wilkerson
Publisher Random House
Publication date
Pages 622
ISBN ISBN 978-0-679-44432-9
OCLC 741763572

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (2010) is a historical study by Isabel Wilkerson.[1][2] It is about the The Great Migration and the Second Great Migration, the movement of blacks out of the Southern United States to the Midwest, Northeast and West between 1915 and 1970.[1][2] The book intertwines a general history and statistical analysis of the entire period, and the biographies of three persons: a sharecropper's wife who left Mississippi in the 1930s for Chicago, named Ida Mae Brandon Gladney; an agricultural worker, George Swanson Starling, who left Florida for New York City in the 1940s; and Robert Joseph Pershing Foster, a doctor who left Louisiana in the early 1950s, for Los Angeles.


The main title of the book is taken from a poem by author Richard Wright, who himself moved from the south to Chicago, in the 1920s.[3] Parts of that poem are excerpted here:

. . .I was taking a part of the South

To transplant in alien soil...

Respond to the warmth of other suns

And, perhaps, to bloom.—published in Black Boy, 1945 (emphasis added)

Awards and honors[edit]


  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, Random House (hardcover, first). ISBN 978-0-679-44432-9
  • Paperback, electronic book and audiobook editions.


  1. ^ a b "The Lives Gained by Fleeing Jim Crow" by Janet Maslin, New York Times Book Review, August 30, 2010
  2. ^ a b "Freedom Trains" by David Oshinsky, New York Times Book Review, September 2, 2010
  3. ^ Burch, Audra D.S. (2011-11-20). "Leaving home, and finding it". Miami Herald. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 

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