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My research project examines the contestations of African American citizenship (i.e. unequal social, economic, and political benefits under Jim Crow laws, as well as racial attitudes that facilitated lynching) during the late 1800s and early 1900s and how such contestations influenced the Great Migration—a movement that typically focuses on the internal movement of African Americans from the South to the North between 1910-1940. My aim is to globalize the Great Migration. In other words, I intend to position the Great Migration not merely as a local movement in which African Americans considered moving from the South to the North, but as a global movement in which African Americans decided whether to move to and stay in the North, or to move back to Africa.
Heasley, Joseph, "Globalizing the Great Migration: African American Movements from 1910-1940" (2021). History Presentations. 8.
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