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The Great Migration


The Great Migration” saw the relocation of more than 6 million Black Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North, Midwest and West from 1916 to 1970. As a result, urban life in the United States was drastically affected. Driven from their homes by unsatisfactory economic opportunities and harsh segregationist laws, many blacks headed north, where they took advantage of the need for industrial workers that first arose during the First World War. As Chicago, New York and other cities saw their black populations expand exponentially, migrants were forced to deal with poor working conditions and competition for living space, as well as widespread racism and prejudice. During the Great Migration, Black Americans began to build a new place for themselves in public life, actively confronting economic, political and social challenges, thus creating a new black urban culture that would exert enormous influence in the decades to come.




You will answer each question by reading from the link/s provided for each. If you feel that you need further information for understanding, use a metasearch such as Dogpile or Unabot, or a search engine/directory such as Google or Bing. Be sure to answer each in Google Classroom, in complete sentences.

  1. Explain the various reasons why millions of Black Americans moved out of the southern parts of the U.S.
  2. Describe how the Great Migration contributed to the Chicago Race Riot of 1919.
  3. Describe the “rebirth” of arts known as the Harlem Renaissance.

*Due in 1/2 hour for 15 points*


After 30 minutes have passed, answers will be discussed, followed by an additional “exit” question.