In 1910, 90% of Black Americans lived in the South. By 1940, around 1.5 million Black Americans had left their homes, and 77% lived in the South. By 1970, 52% of Black Americans remained in the South. People moved away for many reasons, including increased opportunity in the more industrial North and West. They sought a relatively safer life away from the lynchings and violence that were concentrated in the South. This GreatMigration shaped 20th century America in countless ways, but we're going to try to count some of them in this video.
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VIDEO SOURCES cnn.com/politics/live-news/georgia-voting-restrictions-bill-03-25-21/index.html Davarian Baldwin, Chicago’s New Negroes: Modernity, the GreatMigration, and Urban Black Life (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2007). Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s GreatMigration (New York: Random House, 2010). britannica.com/topic/sharecropping The Origins of Southern Sharecropping, Edward Royce, 1993
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