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

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A New York Times bestseller, the groundbreaking authoritative history of the migration of African-Americans from the rural South to the urban North. A definitive book on American history, The Promised Land is also essential reading for educators and policymakers at both national and local levels.

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About Nicholas Lemann

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Nicholas Lemann, a native of New Orleans, developed an interest in journalism during his teenage years. This eagerness to write was coupled with a keen interest in United States history and literature. He pooled his curiosities, earning a degree in American literature and history from Harvard University in 1976. Journalism became Lemann's main occupation, as he built his writing career through working for the Washington Monthly, Texas Monthly, and the Washington Post. In 1983, he joined the Atlantic Monthly staff. His love for American history peaked with the publication of his commentary on the African-American migration to Chicago in search of jobs and a better life. Lemann's book, The Promised Land, captured the 1991 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in journalism. His articles span many interests, from book reviews and political topics to travel stories about the Catskill Mountains and other natural wonders. He contributes many articles, not only to the Atlantic Monthly but to several other magazines as well. Nicholas Lemann, his wife Dominique Browning, and their two sons live in New York City.
Published August 24, 2011 by Vintage. 418 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Trivial as this may sound, it caused, as Lemann explains, five million blacks to move north, made race a national issue, and gave the whole country ""a measure of the tragic sense that had previously been confined to the South."" Lemann shows how the migration changed the pattern of city life, di...

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(His book was the basis for a five-hour series produced by BBC and Discovery Productions that appeared on the Discovery Channel in 1995.) So ''Goin' to Chicago'' isn't the first time the story has been told, or the most complete version, but it's illuminating all the same.

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Publishers Weekly

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As cotton farming became increasingly mechanized, an estimated five million blacks migrated from the rural South to the urban North between 1940 and 1970.

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In a vivid document that spent 10 weeks on PW 's bestseller list and was a BOMC, History Book Club and QPB alternate, Lemann collects personal accounts and refutes the belief that all federal programs to aid the black poor failed.

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London Review of Books

As Johnson remarked to an old political ally, ‘if they give blacks the vote, ol’ Strom Thurmond’ – the segregationist Senator – ‘will be kissing every black ass in South Carolina.’ And so he did, in a manner of speaking.

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed In his startling and thought-provoking book The Promised Land, Nicholas Lemann puts into perspective the reasons for urban black discontent and poverty.

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