Great Migration Research Papers

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The Great Migration was a big part during and after World War One. During World War One as many as 367,000 African Americans served in the military. So many joined because they were trying to prove their loyalty to America. This movement began between 1910 and 1970. About 6 million African Americans tried moving from Southern United States to the North. But what made them want to leave so badly? African Americans were not treated the same; the white Americans believed that they were superior to everyone else and they made sure African Americans knew that. Harsh segregation laws began, known as the Jim Crow Laws. Some examples of these laws are, “It shall be unlawful for a negro and white person to lay together..’ and, ‘Separate free schools shall be established for the education of children of African American descent...” These were just a few of the laws that began the separation of blacks and …show more content…

These riots were conflicts against two racial groups. Several race riots went on throughout the years of 1910 and 1970. On July 27, 1919, an African American teenager drowned after violating unknown segregation laws; this sparked a week of riots. Next began what was known as the “Red Summer” of 1919, this marked the tension that was growing for the great migration that took place during WW1. When the war ended thousands of people returned home after fighting. Once they returned, most of their jobs that they had in factories and mills had been taken by the African Americans. However, the African Americans that had fought in the war and had recently come home were denied basic rights. Hundreds of people died in the “Red Summer”. Some from lynching, race riots, beaten, tortured and so much more. The racial violence was getting out of hand and the African Americans weren’t going to take it anymore. They saw how good the life was in the North and wanted to stop at nothing to get the freedom they

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