[The Warmth of Other Suns]
"Some 555,000 colored people left the South during the decade of the First World War--more than all the colored people who had left in the first decades after the Emancipation Proclamation, which promised the freedoms they were now forced to pursue on their own" (162). --Isabel Wilkerson
In the sections that we've been reading Isabel Wilkerson continues to sketch the "beginnings" of migration, or more simply movement, for her main characters -- Ida Mae Gladney, George Swanson Starling, and Robert Pershing Foster -- in The Warmth of Other Suns.
On the one hand, Wilkerson mentions macro-economic conditions: "The sharecroppers owed the planters, the planters owed the merchants, the merchants owed the banks, and the banks were often beholden to some business concern in the North, where most of the real money was in the fist place" (96). At the same time, Wilkerson highlights daily indignities and troubles that black people endured in the South that would raise the possibility of them seeking out lives under other suns.
After reading the pages 95 - 164, what topic or scene did you view as most helpful for thinking about the Great Migration? Why? Please provide page number citation.