Journey to Freedom is just one of five novels in The Library of African-American History, a series of books which explore the subtle aspects of African-American history and lifestyle. Broad historical themes are introduced in each work, along with more personal stories of ordinary African-American men and women.
From 1916 to 1919, approximately half a million black southerners made the same trek northward; in the decade that followed, a million more joined them in the cities of the North. Filled with voices of hope and courage, Journey to Freedom by Hamilton History Professor Maurice Isserman, reveals the stories of the men and women who went looking for freedom, dignity, equal rights, and basic economic opportunity up north. Coverage also relates the far-reaching social, economic, and political consequences for the nation as a whole during this greatest internal mass migration of people in American history.