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The Great Migration: Home

A Gumberg Library research guide


Between 1910 and 1970, 6,000.000 African Americans left the South for what they hoped would be better lives in the North, Midwest, and West. This mass movement of people is known today as the Great Migration. This research guide will quickly connect researchers to many different types of information sources on this pivotal event that has helped to shape the contemporary United States.

Reference Works

This encyclopedia is available to use for free through Internet Archive. But you will need to set up a free Internet Archive account to be able to access it.

Go to Volume 1

Go to Volume 2

Go to Volume 3 (Primary Documents)

Gumberg Library also owns it in print: Call number E185.6 E54 2006 Vols. 1-3

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The Great Migration

Hosted by Harry Porterfield

The Great Migration and the Power of a Single Decision

Isabel Wilkerson

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