“…the slave went free; stood a brief moment in the sun; then moved back again toward slavery.” — W.E.B. duBois
I am a reader of the Chicago Defender I think it is one of the Most Wonderful Papers of our race printed. Sirs I am writeing to see if You all will please get me a job. And Sir I can wash dishes, wash, iron, nursing, work in groceries and dry good stores. Just any of these I can do. Sir, whosoever you get the job from, please tell them to send me a ticket and I will pay them when I get their, as I have not got enough money to pay my way. I am a girl of 17 years old and in the 8 grade at Knox Academy School. But on account of not having money enough I had to stop school. Sir I will thank you all with all my heart. May God Bless you all. Please answer in return mail.
The Warmth of Other Suns: Isabel Wilkerson took 15 years to write this book, and it shows. The book is THOROUGH. Think of it as Everything That You Didn’t Know That You Didn’t Know About the Great Migration.
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow: Richard Wormser covers a lot of ground in a relative few pages. It opens with Reconstruction and ends at 1954.
I referred to several sources, but used the following most heavily–
“Black Workers and the Great Migration North,” Carole Marks
“Blowing the Trumpet: The ‘Chicago Defender’ and Black Migration during World War I,” James R. Grossman
The Great Black Migration: A Historical Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic, Steven A. Reich
“Land of Hope: Chicago, Black Southerners, and the Great Migration,” James R. Grossman
Race, Class, and Power in the Alabama Coalfields, Brian Kelly
Slavery by Another Name, Douglas Blackmon