The Great Migration: Recreating America - featuring Marcia Chatelain / Georgetown University

The Great Migration was the mass movement of mostly rural Black Southerners to urban cores across the country between 1916 and 1970. It was one of the most important moments in American history and reconfigured the nation’s politics, arts, and culture. As millions of people confronted the challenges of a new labor market, housing segregation, and Northern racism, African American communities redefined themselves as representative of Southern sensibilities and Northern realities. In this course, Dr. Chatelain will explain how the Great Migration radically transformed urban issues, including urban real estate, schools, political alliances and voting patterns, as well as music, art, and literature. The Great Migration primed the nation for the radical changes of the mid-century civil rights movement, and the history of this moment continues to inform how we understand regional culture and race.