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The Great Migration: An American Story by…

The Great Migration: An American Story

by Jacob Lawrence

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This is a story about African Americans during the Great Migration north between 1915 and 1930. Told from more than one perspective, we get to see the fear, loneliness, and excitement that people felt as they journeyed north, leaving their homes. The illustrations are amazing, with some pages using parts of old photographs.
  Boockk | Mar 3, 2014 |
Excellent historical informational picture storybook documenting the post-WWI African American northern migration. Could serve as a supplemental reading for following topics: African American experience, American/Southern American History, WWI. The book features absolutely beautiful paintings by Jacob Lawrence. ( )
  JeffCarver | Jan 14, 2014 |
The Great Migration, with paintings by Jacob Lawrence and poetry by Walter Dean Myers, is an informational picture book which details the migration from the South to the North by African American people during segregation, likely from the 1920's to the 1950's. The book is appropriate for middle school children, but would definitely be valuable to high school kids as the paintings and the poetry and important culturally and are artistically successful, especially when placed next to each other. The heavy subject matter dealing with arrests, poverty, and slum-like conditions in the northern cities detailed in the book make it a bit too harsh for younger children, but the book remains important and would be a great addition to the curriculum of any middle school social studies class. ( )
  dhut0042 | Jan 28, 2013 |
  BRCSBooks | Aug 18, 2011 |
This book chronicles the African-American movement from the south to northern industrial cities after WWI. Not only does it tell how cities like Chicago, Pittsburgh and Detroit appealed to these black migrants, there are over 60 works of art which depict the story. This is a pictorial history with a great story. The guidelines say ages 4-8, but I use this to supplement the concept for 8th graders (great migration) and they love it! ( )
  tess_schoolmarm | Mar 6, 2011 |
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Around the time of WWI, large numbers of African Americans began leaving their homes in the rural South in search of employment in the industrial cities of the North. In 1940, Lawrence chronicled their journey of hope in a flowing narrative sequence of paintings."This stirring picture book brings together the sixty panels of Lawrence's epic narrative Migration series, which he created in 1940-1941. They tell of the journey of African-Americans who left their homes in the South around World War I and traveled in search of better lives in the northern industrial cities. Lawrence is a storyteller with words as well as pictures: his captions and introduction to this book are the best commentary on his work. A poem at the end by Walter Dean Myers also reveals [as do the paintings] the universal in the particulars." ––BL.

Notable Children's Books of 1994 (ALA)
1993 Books for Youth Editors' Choices (BL)
1994 Teachers' Choices (IRA)
Notable 1994 Childrens' Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)
1994 Carter G. Woodson Outstanding Merit Book (NCSS)
1994 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)

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A series of paintings chronicles the journey of African Americans who, like the artist's family, left the rural South in the early twentieth century to find a better life in the industrial North.

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