The Great Migration by Jacob Lawrence
An American Story

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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. Full color.

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Author BioJacob Lawrence is a prominent American painter whose career spans six decades. He is known for several sequences of narrative paintings, including "Harriet Tubman" and "Frederick Douglass." Lawrence is the illustrator of Harriet in the Promised Land, a picture book. He is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Published October 1, 1993 by Harpercollins Childrens Books. 48 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Lawrence's introduction describes his own part in one of our ``biggest population shifts,'' which carried African-Americans from the rural South to the urban North, in the decades beginning with WW I, ``on a quest for freedom, justice, and dignity.'' His powerful paintings emphasize these themes ...

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Lawrence's (Harriet and the Promised Land ) starkly poetic art once again works admirably on many levels.

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