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The Great Migration: An American Story
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Harpercollins Childrens Books
Publication date October 1, 1995
Pages 48
Binding Paperback
Book category Easy Fiction
ISBN-13 9780064434287
ISBN-10 0064434281
Dimensions 0.25 by 11 by 9.25 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $8.99
Other format details juvenile
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
A pictorial history in narrative paintings features the works of the noted American artist and spans more than fifty years of the artist's career. Reprint. AB. K.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

This critically acclaimed picture book suitable for a wide range of readers chronicles the Great Migration—the diaspora of African Americans who headed to the North after WWI—through the iconic paintings and words of renowned artist Jacob Lawrence. The New York Times praised it as "a compassionate and sensitive portrayal of history.”

After World War I, large numbers of African Americans began leaving their homes in the rural South in search of employment, and a better life, in the industrial cities of the North like Chicago and Pittsburgh.

Jacob Lawrence chronicled their journey of hope in his sixty-panel Migration Series, a flowing narrative sequence of paintings that can now be found divided between the Museum of Modern Art and the Phillips Collection.

In this profound picture book, Lawrence brings all those landmark paintings together and pairs them with poetic text that further explores the experience of those enduring this mass exodus. From dealing with poor working conditions and competition for living space to widespread prejudice and racism, this is the story of strength, courage, and hope of the more than six million African Americans who were trying to build better lives for themselves and their families.

This book features an introduction from Lawrence—whose family was part of this great migration—about its personal significance as well as a poem by Newbery Honor author Walter Dean Myers.

  • ALA Notable Book
  • ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • IRA/CBC Teachers' Choice
  • Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)
  • Carter G. Woodson Outstanding Merit Book


Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780060230371 Book cover for 9780060234539
 
With Richard Robinson (other contributor) | from Macmillan Library Reference (June 1, 2003); titled "Genetics"
9780028656106 | details & prices | List price $55.01
This edition also contains Genetics
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With E. Julius Dasch | from Macmillan Library Reference (June 1, 2003); titled "Water: Science and Issues"
9780028656120 | details & prices | List price $55.01
This edition also contains Water: Science and Issues
With Ernest R. May (other contributor), Gary James Schmitt (other contributor), Roy Godson (other contributor) | from Potomac Books Inc (July 1, 1995); titled "U.S. Intelligence at the Crossroads: An Agenda for Reform"
from Harpercollins Childrens Books (October 1, 1993)
9780060230371 | details & prices | 11.25 × 9.25 × 0.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 2-3 | 1.15 lbs | List price $23.50
About: 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.
Limited edition from Harpercollins Childrens Books (October 1, 1993)
9780060234539 | details & prices | Rec. grade levels 2-3 | List price $125.00
About: 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.
Paperback
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from Harpercollins Childrens Books (October 1, 1995)
9780064434287 | details & prices | 48 pages | 11.00 × 9.25 × 0.25 in. | Rec. grade levels 2-3 | 0.45 lbs | List price $8.99
About: 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.
Library
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from Harpercollins (October 1, 1993)
9780060230388 | details & prices | 11.50 × 9.50 × 0.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 2-3 | 1.25 lbs | List price $23.89
About: 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.
Prebinding
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from Turtleback Books (October 1, 1999)
9780785776284 | details & prices | 11.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 2-3 | 1.00 lbs | List price $19.65
About: 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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