The Great Migration During The 19th Century Essay

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The Great Migration during the 19th and 20th centuries sparked significant changes in the United States. The exodus of Southern blacks to the Northeast and Midwest post-emancipation and during the Great Migration reveals the connection between internal migration and ghettoization in the United States. The formation of these ghettos is characterized by the racial prejudice of the era, racially charged violence in the form of race riots, and the development of black culture within the United States. This is best exemplified by the ghettoized Harlem neighborhood of New York City and the South Side of Chicago, or “Bronzeville”. From these ghettos arose two significant periods of thriving African American culture, the Harlem and Chicago/Bronzeville Renaissances, which established the presence of the black community within the intellectual and artistic world. These eras of blooming culture reflect the unique characteristics of the black community and their traditions, as well as the qualities of the ghettos. The products of the Renaissance exhibit the intelligence, creativity, and individuality of African Americans, which had not been acknowledged by the white population for most of the United States’ history. However, the question arises of how well these cultural contributions (music, literature, art, etc.) portray the life of the average black citizen. Are they a reliable source to understanding the life as a black American- one which is characterized during the early…

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