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From 1890 to 1900, an average of 175 African Americans were lynched each year. Lynchings were attacks motivated by racism where white mobs brutally murdered black victims, sometimes in the night, but often in a public way with many witnesses. Lynch…

This short essay describes the sharecropping system that supported the agricultural economy of the South after slavery.

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Between 1910 and 1930, more than one million African Americans moved out of the South to cities in the North, Midwest, and West. They sought economic opportunity, freedom from racial segregation, and safety from lynching and other kinds of racist…

In the summer of 1919, violence broke out between whites and African Americans in Chicago. The five-day riot left thirty-eight people dead and more than five hundred people injured. The city formed a Commission on Race Relations to study what…

This worksheet is designed to help students draw historical understanding from the experiences of African Americans who moved north during the Great Migration.

This article explores the return migration of African Americans from New York City to the South, reversing the Great Migration that took place in the early decades of the twentieth century.

This is a writing prompt for the Active Viewing: Up South activity.

In this activity, students watch the ASHP documentary Up South: African-American Migration in the Era of the Great War with documents and exercises designed to support and reinforce the documentary's key concepts of Jim Crow, lynching, sharecropping,…

These words and phrases from the Up South documentary may be unfamiliar to students.

This worksheet is designed to help students organize information from the documentary Up South: African-American Migration in the Era of the Great War.
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