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Between 1916 and 1970, six million Black Americans left their rural homes in the South for jobs in cities in the North, West, and Midwest in a movement known as The Great Migration. Although this transformed America and provided Black people with new economic opportunities, Jerkins argues that it also disconnected them from their roots, their land, and their sense of identity. In this fascinating, illustrated, and deeply personal exploration, New York Times bestselling author Jerkins recreates her ancestors’ journeys across America, following the migratory routes they took from Georgia and South Carolina to Louisiana, Oklahoma, and California.
Wandering in Strange Lands, hardcover, 304 pages, Harper, 6˝x 9˝