Items in the WRLC catalog are organized by Library of Congress Subject Heading in addition to author, title, and call number. Subjects are broken down in hierarchies, from broad to specific. Some items are cataloged under more than one subject heading. Below are some general subject terms related to migration and emigration of African Americans in the United States during the 20th century:
African Americans --Migrations --History --20th century
Migration, Internal --United States --History --20th century
Rural-urban migration --United States --History --20th century
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This exhibit marks the publication of The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture. A noteworthy and singular publication, the Mosaic is the first Library-wide resource guide to the institution's African- American collections. In the early to mid-twentieth century, thousands of African-Americans left the South to escape sharecropping, worsening economic conditions, and the lynch mob. They sought higher wages, better homes, and political rights. This exhibit showcases documents relevant to African American emigrations to the American West, Chicago, and Nicodemus, Kansas.
This exhibition presents various elements of the history of the urban experience in Harlem's early days as the Cultural Capital of African Americans. This history education portfolio provides a timeline and lesson plans.
In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience presents a new interpretation of African-American history, one that focuses on the self-motivated activities of peoples of African descent to remake themselves and their worlds. Hosted by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
This site contains data visualization graphics from the U.S. Census Bureau depicting the shift in African American populations from the South to the North and West. Data is taken from the 1910-1970 censuses.
The movement between 1916 and 1921 of a half million African Americans from the South to cities in the North and West was known as the Great Migration. Black migrants told their stories in many forms from letters to poems to paintings. Music offered one of the most original forms in which the migration narrative was told.