Annotations for Moving North : African Americans And the Great Migration 1915 - 1930


Baker & Taylor
After the Civil War, social unrest and unfair legislation, such as the Black Codes and Jim Crow laws, left freed African-American slaves with little opportunity in the South and forced them to venture North to find better lives.

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Baker & Taylor
After the Civil War, the great social unrest and unfair laws, such as the Black Codes and Jim Crow laws, left newly freed African-American slaves with little opportunity in their native land--forcing them to venture North to find better lives and places where they could live in peace.

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Random House, Inc.
After the Civil War, the South went through a period of rebuilding, termed Recon-struction, but because many white people in the South were not ready to accept African Americans as equals, unfair laws were passed which restricted the rights of blacks. These Black Codes and Jim Crow laws left African Americans adrift in a segregated world.


Life was better in the North in many ways for African Americans. The 1920s brought jobs and money?until The Great Depression hit. The Depression left many homeless and jobless. Many blacks left the cities seeking jobs wherever they could find them. Despite the hard times that followed, living in the North continued to bring a renewed sense of freedom to many African Americans.

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