Brooks, Gwendolyn. “The World of Gwendolyn Brooks.” New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1971. The poet’s collected works through 1971.
Colter, Cyrus. “The Beach Umbrella.” Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1972. Short stories.
Grossman, James R. “Land of Hope.” Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1991. A detailed study/account of Chicago, the Great Migration—and the changes wrought on blacks and whites.
Hughes, Langston. “The Best of Simple.” New York: Hill and Wang, 1961.
———. “Simple Stakes a Claim.” New York: Rinehart & Company, Inc., 1957.
———. “Simple’s Uncle Sam.” New York: Hill and Wang, 1965.
Lemann, Nicholas. “The Promised Land.” New York: Vintage Books, 1991. A personalized account of the Great Migration. Through interviews, Lemann followed the fortunes and misfortunes of some migrants from Clarksdale, Mississippi to Chicago. Incredibly interesting reading.