With a historical subject as large as the Great Migration, what is the value of getting individual stories in context of the larger historical arc and facts?

Based on the stories of Ida Mae Gladney and George Swanson Starling, what barriers and struggles did black people face living in the rural South? Why might migration become an appealing option to these people?

What is one new thing you’ve learned about the Great Migration so far from this book? How has it changed the way you view the time period and the individuals who migrated?