What Is The Great Migration?

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Most researchers believe The Great Migration began at the end of the Reconstruction era. African Americans moved in droves from the rural South, in hopes of attaining social and economic opportunity. The South’ oppressive caste system, a prevalence of prejudice, and segregation in public places contributed to the intolerable conditions. In addition, when the U.S. entered World War I in 1917 jobs that were previously held by white males became available and the industrial expansion in the North provided opportunities created jobs for African Americans. Many settled northern states, New York, was popular, particularly in the district of Harlem. African Americans had endured centuries of slavery and the struggle for abolition and this rebirth
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