Southern Diaspora Book Report

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The Southern Diaspora may have been the most momentous American population movement of the twentieth century. Between 1900 and 1980 more than 20 million southerners left their home region looking for jobs in the cities, suburbs, and farms of the North and West. Most visible were the African American southerners whose migration transformed urban America and set the stage for important changes in racial understandings and the rights of people of color. White southern migrants outnumbered black migrants and in some settings were almost as controversial. Called "hillbillies" in the North and "Okies" out West, the whites faced challenges different than most Americans who move across state lines. The Southern Diaspora transformed American religion, spreading Baptist and Pentecostal churches and reinvigorating evangelical Protestantism, both black and white versions. The Southern Diaspora transformed American popular culture, especially music. The development of Blues, Jazz, Gospel, and R&B and the development of Hillbilly and Country Music all depended on the southern migrants. The Southern Diaspora enabled the transformations in politics and culture that set up the Civil Rights era. Black southerners in the great cities of the…show more content…
For starters, the Great Migration occurred through a wide window, from 1900 to 1970. There were two migrations, white and black southerners leaving and they paralleled each other. The white southerners had a big migration in the two decades after the Civil War. They continued to migrate during the Great Migration, but many migrants who left the south returned, making the amount of permanent whites who migrated low. Southern blacks huge push was from 1915 to 1965, heading north for the economy and job opportunities. Of the migrants who left, 1/3 returned, making the AA population have a higher percentage of people who lived permanently in the

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