It's a Long Way from Home

High School: Grades 9–12


During the Great Migration, Louis leaves rural Mississippi in search of a better life. He comes to Chicago, where his cousin Robert and Aunt Celia welcome him into their home. Louis, a country teenager, finds Robert's city sophistication intriguing if a bit overwhelming. The teens enjoy going out in the evenings, unbeknownst to their aunt, so that Robert can introduce Louis to the Stroll, the lively South Side nightlife scene. Read more to find out the details of Robert and Louis's adventures on the Stroll during the Jazz Age and to discover how Louis begins to find his place in Chicago.

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