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The Great Migration of Black Americans from the US South: A Guide and Interpretation

William J. Collins

NBER Working Paper No. 27268
Issued in May 2020
NBER Program(s):Development of the American Economy, Labor Studies

The Great Migration from the US South is a prominent theme in economic history research not only because it was a prime example of large scale internal migration, but also because it had far-reaching ramifications for American economic, social, and political change. This essay offers a concise review of the literature focused on questions of timing, selection, and migrants’ outcomes, and then offers a more speculative interpretation of how the Great Migration fostered the advancement of Civil Rights.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w27268

 
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