The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America by Nicholas Lemann

The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America by Nicholas Lemann

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OVERVIEW

Focusing on the larger post-1940 complement of the black South-to-North movement--the "Great Black Migration"--that created New York's Harlem and similar black quarters in every major northern city, Lemann traces the roots of Ameri ca's rotting ghettos. Moving between Clarksdale, Mississippi, Chicago, and the nation's capital with skill, Lemann (a contributing editor at The Atlantic ) particularizes and personalizes in life stories the forces that shifted five million blacks North after 1940 and then trapped most of them and their progeny in poverty. His essay in social causation and consequences rings as a manifesto of public policy for the 1990s with the clear theme that the nation can and must undo what its racism has done. It is highly recommended for all collections on contemporary America.

PRODUCT INFO

  • Publisher : Knopf; 1st edition (February 27, 1991)
  • Language: : English
  • Hardcover : 410 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0394560043
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0394560045
  • Item Weight : 1.95 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6.75 x 1.25 x 9.5 inches