? asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 8 years ago

why did the blacks leave the south during the great migration?

what cities did they settle in and how did they adjust, thanks

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    There are some excellent books on this episode in American history, "The Chickenbone Special" by Dwayne Walls, and Isabel Wilkerson's "The Warmth of Other Suns."

    (The title of Walls's book comes from the humorous slang expression the travelers used to describe the trains they rode north on; they'd bring their lunch with them from the south -- fried chicken being a favorite southern specialty -- and by the time they got to the northern city that was their destination there would be nothing left but the chicken bones.)

  • 8 years ago

    They left because of prejudice in the South and job opportunities in the North. They went to places like NYC, Chicago,Detroit etc. They had a hard time once it was discovered that racism existed in the north. They were redlined into ghettos, locked out of unions etc.

    Source(s): Grandparents and history class
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