The Great Migration started from 1910 until around the 1930s. It was the movement of African-Africans that were from the South to the North. Reasons behind this migration included higher wages in factories, better educational opportunities for their children, escaping the lynching, and the want to vote. Like immigrants, black migrants moved to the North with an optimistic vision, an escape from social and economic repression. However, they soon realized it wasn’t as easy as they thought. Blacks were excluded from unions, faced segregating housing and racial hostility. Blacks in America could not escape racism.
1. How much better were blacks treated in the North than they were in the South?
2. What did you mean by rigid housing segregation?