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The Great Migration

The Great Migration

Author: Jacob Lawrence

Year Published: 1995

Description: Through artist Jacob Lawrence's 60-painting "Migration Series," The Great Migration: An American Story chronicles the exodus of African Americans out of the American south from 1916-1919. The colorful, vivid scenes progress from men toiling as poor sharecroppers to their arrival in northern industrial centers to take up new work factories, where they experience continued bigotry but also new opportunities through education and civic engagement. Targeted at elementary school-aged children, the book evokes both the anguish and optimism associated with the mass relocation.

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'Northern industries offered Southern blacks jobs as workers and lent them money, to be repaid later, for their railroad tickets. The Northbound trains were packed with recruits.'

The Great Migration

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