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Black Migration in American Politics: 1915-1965

Keneshia Grant | Associate Professor, Howard University

Thursday, October 1, 2020 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM



The author argues that the Great Migration changed how Democratic Party elites interacted with Black communities in northern cities. In particular the author argues that (1) Black Americans moved out of the South into the North, (2) that this migration changed Black citizens ability to participate in politics, and (3) this change in participation led Democratic Party leaders to conclude that Black Americans could help the Democratic Party achieve their electoral goals.

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