Moving North by Monica Halpern
African Americans and the Great Migration 1915-1930 (Crossroads America)

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After the Civil War, the South went through a period of rebuilding, termed Recon-struction, but because many white people in the South were not ready to accept African Americans as equals, unfair laws were passed which restricted the rights of blacks. These Black Codes and Jim Crow laws left African Americans adrift in a segregated world.

Life was better in the North in many ways for African Americans. The 1920s brought jobs and money—until The Great Depression hit. The Depression left many homeless and jobless. Many blacks left the cities seeking jobs wherever they could find them. Despite the hard times that followed, living in the North continued to bring a renewed sense of freedom to many African Americans.

About Monica Halpern

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Monica Halpern lives in Boston, MA. Her previous title in this series, Railroad Fever, received a starred review in School Library Journal.
Published December 27, 2005 by National Geographic Children's Books. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Children's Books.

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This new entry in the Crossroads America nonfiction series opens with a question: “Why would someone want to leave everything that was familiar and move to a distant place?” The rest of the volume answers that question, showing why the North attracted African-Americans and demonstrating the effec...

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