The Great Migration: An American Story
Jacob Lawrence (A and ILT)
List Price: $8.99 (Paperback - African American History / Migration North 1900 - 2007)
Description: A noted African-American artist chronicles the 1916-1919 migration of blacks from the South through a sequence of 60 paintings and accompanying narrative captions. The story begins with the call for new workers in the North to replace those men fighting in Europe. There was no justice for African Americans under Southern law, and sharecropping kept them poor. Lawrence depicts their arrival in Chicago and Pittsburgh; their new jobs in factories; the attacks against them by white workers; and their new opportunities, such as voting and going to school. At first, most of the paintings are set in the South, showing only a few people venturing north. Later on, the artwork is more crowded, with the phrase And the migrants kept coming repeated over and over again. The cumulative effect is powerful. (48 pgs) Ages 4-8
Ashay says, "Jacob Lawrence is a masterful genius. In his work he captured the suffering and hardship that so many of our Ancestors endured as they migrated to the North in search of a better life. Must have for the library and classroom."
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 10.7 x 0.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces