The Great Migration: An American Story

Paperback | September 15, 1995

byJacob Lawrence

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Around the time of WWI, large numbers of African Americans began leaving their homes in the rural South in search of employment in the industrial cities of the North. In 1940, Lawrence chronicled their journey of hope in a flowing narrative sequence of paintings."This stirring picture book brings together the sixty panels of Lawrence's epic narrative Migration series, which he created in 1940-1941. They tell of the journey of African-Americans who left their homes in the South around World War I and traveled in search of better lives in the northern industrial cities. Lawrence is a storyteller with words as well as pictures: his captions and introduction to this book are the best commentary on his work. A poem at the end by Walter Dean Myers also reveals [as do the paintings] the universal in the particulars." ––BL.

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In 1940 the American artist Jacob Lawrence chronicled this journey of hope in a flowing narrative sequence of paintings. They are divided between the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. After more than 20 years, The Phillips Collection mounted the first exhibition of all 6...

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Around the time of WWI, large numbers of African Americans began leaving their homes in the rural South in search of employment in the industrial cities of the North. In 1940, Lawrence chronicled their journey of hope in a flowing narrative sequence of paintings."This stirring picture book brings together the sixty panels of Lawrence's...

Jacob Lawrence is a prominent American painter whose career spans six decades. He is known for several sequences of narrative paintings, including "Harriet Tubman" and "Frederick Douglass." Lawrence is the illustrator of Harriet in the Promised Land, a picture book. He is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Washington, Seatt...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9 × 10.81 × 0.12 inPublished:September 15, 1995Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0064434281

ISBN - 13:9780064434287

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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In 1940 the American artist Jacob Lawrence chronicled this journey of hope in a flowing narrative sequence of paintings. They are divided between the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. After more than 20 years, The Phillips Collection mounted the first exhibition of all 60 paintings, touring museums around the country.