Top of page

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

Share this post:

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.

Do you enjoy these posts? Subscribe! You’ll receive free teaching ideas and primary sources from the Library of Congress.

 

Add a Comment

This blog is governed by the general rules of respectful civil discourse. You are fully responsible for everything that you post. The content of all comments is released into the public domain unless clearly stated otherwise. The Library of Congress does not control the content posted. Nevertheless, the Library of Congress may monitor any user-generated content as it chooses and reserves the right to remove content for any reason whatever, without consent. Gratuitous links to sites are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments. We further reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to remove a user's privilege to post content on the Library site. Read our Comment and Posting Policy.


Required fields are indicated with an * asterisk.