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The Other America. “The American Dream”. Great Migration. Between 1916 and 1970=more than 6 million African Americans relocated from rural South to urban North in search of better job opportunities and living conditions Positive Impacts: Industrial Jobs Political Activism

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Great migration
Great Migration

  • Between 1916 and 1970=more than 6 million African Americans relocated from rural South to urban North in search of better job opportunities and living conditions

  • Positive Impacts:

    • Industrial Jobs

    • Political Activism

    • Cultural Revolution (Harlem Renaissance)



Suburbs
Suburbs

  • G.I. Bill established low cost mortgages for returning soldiers=> cheaper homes (average home cost about $8,000)

  • Homes mass-produced

    • Levittown (New York): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDfKk3tejFE

  • Land outside of cities

  • “Family friendly” neighborhoods


White flight
“White Flight”

  • White Flight- millions of middle class white Americans moving from the cities to the suburbs during the 1950’s.

    • Economic resources, isolation

    • Cities lost people, businesses, and property unable to maintain or improve schools, public transportation, departments





African american experiences in the suburbs
African American Experiences in the Suburbs

  • Denied chance to see homes/ access to neighborhoods realtors feared that this would bring down property values

  • GI Bill preferences for whites.


Urban renewal program of land development in highly populated areas cities
Urban Renewal: program of land development in highly populated areas(cities).




The fire next time
The Fire Next Time

“These innocent and well-meaning people, your countrymen, have caused you to be born under conditions not very far removed from those described for us by Charles Dickens in the London of more than a hundred years ago….This innocent country set you down in a ghetto in which, in fact, it intended that you should perish…You were born where you were born and faced the future that you faced because you were black and for no other reason.”



Think pair share
Think-Pair-Share:

We’ve talked about this idea of the two Americas: White America and Black America. Are there any “Americas” that we have been missing in this discussion?



Still duckwalkin
Still Duckwalkin…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjleO1evdyo


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