The biggest underreported story of the 20th century – Black Migration to Cities

BOOK: Today’s selection — from The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.
After the Civil War and Reconstruction, the plight of blacks in America got decidedly worse, with voting rights effectively removed and economic opportunities vastly curtailed. Then came the First World War, which brought accelerated demand for industrial production in the factories of the northern United States, and an opportunity for “escape” for Southern blacks:

“[Blacks] fled as if under a spell or a high fever. ‘They left as though they were fleeing some curse,’ wrote the scholar Emmett J. Scott. ‘They were willing to make almost any sacrifice to obtain a railroad ticket, and they left with the intention of staying.’ … They were all stuck in a caste system as hard and unyielding as the red Georgia clay, and they each had a decision before them. …

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