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A portion of the Great Migration Primary Source set
Great Migration Primary Source set

The Great Migration: A New Primary Source Set for Teachers from the Library of Congress

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From the 1910s to 1970, one of the largest internal migrations in the history of the United States took place. Millions of African Americans moved from rural to urban centers and from southeastern states to the north and west. This exodus, which came to be called “the Great Migration,” transformed American life in the 20th century and beyond.

This new primary source set from the Library of Congress uses powerful primary sources to immerse teachers and students in both the national scope and in some specific lived experiences of the Great Migration. Highlights include oral histories from those who made the migration, maps, photographs, newspapers, and newsreels.

The set also includes historical background information and teaching ideas that support students as they analyze these unique primary sources. In addition, it provides opportunities for further research into this sweeping social transformation.

We hope you’ll let us know what discoveries your students make while exploring this set.

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