Fly Away: The Great African American Cultural Migrations

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The Great Migration?the mass exodus of blacks from the rural South to the urban North and West in the twentieth century?shaped American culture and life in ways still evident today. Peter M. Rutkoff and William B. Scott trace the ideas that inspired African Americans to abandon the South for freedom and opportunity elsewhere.

Black Southerners fled the Low Country of South Carolina, the mines and mills of Birmingham, Alabama, the farms of the Mississippi Delta, and the urban ...

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Overview

The Great Migration—the mass exodus of blacks from the rural South to the urban North and West in the twentieth century—shaped American culture and life in ways still evident today. Peter M. Rutkoff and William B. Scott trace the ideas that inspired African Americans to abandon the South for freedom and opportunity elsewhere.

Black Southerners fled the Low Country of South Carolina, the mines and mills of Birmingham, Alabama, the farms of the Mississippi Delta, and the urban wards of Houston, Texas, for new opportunities in New York, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Los Angeles. They took with them the South’s rich tradition of religion, language, music, and art, recreating and preserving their Southern identity in the churches, newspapers, jazz clubs, and neighborhoods of America’s largest cities. Rutkoff and Scott’s sweeping study explores the development and adaptation of African American culture, from its West African roots to its profound and lasting impact on mainstream America.

Broad in scope and original in its interpretation, Fly Away illuminates the origins, development, and transformation of national culture during an important chapter in twentieth-century American history.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Geographical Review - Robert Brown

Fly Away: The Great African American Cultural Migrations is a grand work... An engaging and entertaining volume that ought to be of interest to anyone with a curiosity about African American migration and African American cultural contributions to American culture.

American Historical Review - Luther Adams
Rutkoff and Scott's book is likely to become a staple in undergraduate courses in African American and American Studies.
Choice
Illuminating and impressive cultural history... Highly recommended.
Geographical Review - Robert Brown
Fly Away: The Great African American Cultural Migrations is a grand work... An engaging and entertaining volume that ought to be of interest to anyone with a curiosity about African American migration and African American cultural contributions to American culture.
Charleston Post and Courier
Fly Away is intended for an academic audience and its footnotes display the depth of the research. However, the authors' engaging style also should appeal to the general reader with an interest in African-American cultural history.
Wall Street Journal
Adds considerably to our understanding of this national exodus... The authors, who teach history at Kenyon College, argue that the black migrants preserved many of their West African roots and customs in the move north, just as they had during the Middle Passage from Africa to the Americas. These authors stress the cultural freedom afforded by holding on to a vision of Africa as the homeland. In preserving their African roots, the black migrants could take pride in where they came from and in who they were in their new circumstances.
Choice

Illuminating and impressive cultural history... Highly recommended.

Journal of American History
[A] well-written, thought-provoking book. The authors have created a broad-ranging study that is well worth reading. It provides many new ways of thinking about and interpreting the impact of African American migration both on the migrants and the nation.

— Spencer R. Crew

Journal of World History
Fly Away represents a useful contribution.

— Brian Ward

Geographical Review
Fly Away: The Great African American Cultural Migrations is a grand work... An engaging and entertaining volume that ought to be of interest to anyone with a curiosity about African American migration and African American cultural contributions to American culture.

— Robert Brown

American Historical Review
Rutkoff and Scott's book is likely to become a staple in undergraduate courses in African American and American Studies.

— Luther Adams

Journal of American History - Spencer R. Crew
[A] well-written, thought-provoking book. The authors have created a broad-ranging study that is well worth reading. It provides many new ways of thinking about and interpreting the impact of African American migration both on the migrants and the nation.
Journal of World History - Brian Ward
Fly Away represents a useful contribution.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801894770
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/2010
  • Edition description: 20
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter M. Rutkoff is a professor of American studies at Kenyon College. William B. Scott is a professor of history at Kenyon College. They are coauthors of New York Modern: The Arts and the City, also published by Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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