The Great Migration in Historical Perspective

The Great Migration in Historical Perspective

New Dimensions of Race, Class, and Gender
Joe Trotter, Jr., Nell Painter
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/22/1991
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20669-5
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The essays collected in this book represent the best of our present understanding of the African-American migration which began in the early twentieth century."—Southern Historian

As an overview of a field in transition, this is a valuable and deeply thought-provoking anthology." —Pennsylvania History

... provocative and informative... " —Louisiana History

The papers themselves are uniformly strong, and read together cast interesting light upon one another." —Georgia Historical Quarterly

... well-written and insightful essays... " —Journal of American History

This well-researched and well-documented collection represents the latest scholarship on the black migration." —Illinois Historical Journal

... an impressive balance of theory and historical content... " —Indiana Magazine of History

Legions of black Americans left the South to migrate to the jobs of the North, from the meat-packing plants of Chicago to the shipyards of Richmond, California. These essays analyze the role of African Americans in shaping their own geographical movement, emphasizing the role of black kin, friend, and communal network.

Contributors include Darlene Clark Hine, Peter Gottlieb, James R. Grossman, Earl Lewis, Shirley Ann Moore, and Joe William Trotter, Jr.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Nell Irvin Painter

Introduction, Black Migration in Historical Perspective: A Review of the Literature
Joe William Trotter, Jr.
Expectations, Economic Opportunities, and Life in the Industrial Age: Black Migration to Norfolk, Virginia, 1910-1945
Earl Lewis
Race, Class, and Industrial Change: Black Migration to Southern West Virginia, 1915-1932
Joe William Trotter, Jr.
Rethinking the Graet Migration: A Perspective from Pittsburgh
Peter Gottlieb
The White Man’s Union: The Great Migration and the Resonance of Race and Class in Chicago, 1916-1922
James R. Grossman
Getting There, Being There: African-American Migration to Richmond, California, 1910-1945
Shirley Ann Moore
Black Migration to the Urban Midwest: The Gender Dimension, 1915-1945
Darlene Clark Hine
Conclusion. Black Migration Studies: The Future
Joe William Trotter, Jr.