The Southern Diaspora Analysis

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James Gregory takes us on a journey from the past in “The Southern Diaspora.” He gives us insight on how black and white migrants transformed America. We get to see a close look on the migrants’ movements to the North and West and how well they accustomed to their new environment. Cultural and political institutions were being transformed immensely. Not to mention, popular culture like music. For example, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Soul, Gospel, and R&B. Also, the development of “Hillbilly” and Country music all depended on the southern migrants. This book’s main point is the impact of southerners on the culture and politics of urban America. Over the course of the twentieth century, close to 8 million black southerners, nearly 20 million white southerners, and more than 1 million southern-born Latinos participated in the diaspora (p. 14). African Americans were moving into cities with …show more content…
There was definitely some discrimination, based off of southerners’ accents. For example, the term “hillbilly,” was mainly used towards them. There wasn’t much media coverage on white migrants as there was on African Americans. A lot of white southerners moved to California and earned their living as farm workers. Both the job profile and income levels were improving, however there was a big chunk that was still in poverty. Also, cotton-growing areas in Arizona attracted many white southerners. However, for the ones that stayed in poverty, their neighborhoods became knows as “hillbilly ghettos.” Some places were Uptown in Chicago, Lower Price Hill in Cincinnati, part of the Cass Corridor in Detroit, and many other neighborhoods (p.85). However, majority of white southerners lived in the suburbs or rural areas. White southerners didn’t experience the difficult urban transition, as did the black southerners. Many white southerners did their adjusting while spending little or not time in an actual city

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