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The Great Migration is a term used to describe the mass migration of African Americans from the southern United States to the industrial centers of the Northeast and Midwest between the 1910s and 1960s.

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the great migration
The Great Migration is a term used to describe the mass migration of African Americans from the southern United States to the industrial centers of the Northeast and Midwest between the 1910s and 1960s.

This event is shown by one of the most famous African American painters of the 20th century, Jacob Lawrence. Lawrence’s Migration Series tells the story of the Great Migration.

Jacob Lawrence

The Great Migration
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The First Wave of the Great Migration (1916-1919) - part II

"These were more reasons for people to move North, leaving some communities deserted.“

Jacob Lawrence

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"Sometimes the agents disguised themselves to avoid arrest, but the migrants were often taken from railroad stations and jailed until the trains departed.“

Jacob Lawrence

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"Although they were promised better housing in the North, some families were forced to live in overcrowded and unhealthy quarters.“

Jacob Lawrence

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"Longtime African-American residents living in the North did not welcome the newcomers from the South and often treated them with disdain.“

Jacob Lawrence