The Promised Land

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The Promised Land

The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America

By Nicholas Lemann; Lemann

Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780679733478, 416pp.

Publication Date: March 31, 1992


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.

About the Author
Nicholas Lemann, born in New Orleans in 1954, began his journalistic career there and then worked at "Washington Monthly", "Washington Post", and "Texas Monthly", of which he was executive editor. A frequent contributor to national magazines, he was national correspondent of "The Atlantic Monthly "and is now a staff writer at "The New Yorker". His books include the prizewinning "The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America "(1991).

Praise For The Promised Land

"A compelling and powerful book that should be read by anyone interested in the continuing history of racial oppression and conflict in the United States. Lemann successfully interweaves personal narratives of African-American migrants and their families with the discouraging story of politics and public policy in Chicago and Washington."-- David Brion Davis, Yale University
"A fascinating and deeply moving book, a masterpiece of social anthropology. Lemann's account of the political history of the War on Poverty ranks with the very best contemporary history."--David Herbert Donald, Harvard University