American Black History by Walter Hazen

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Because of the Great Migration, which totaled about a million African Americans by 1930, the black populations of many northern cities more than doubled after 1910. Chicago, for example, which had about 35,000 African-American citizens in 1910, counted 90,000 a decade later. Detroit’s number rose from 6,000 before World War I to a whopping 120,000 by the beginning of the Great Depression in 1929. New York’s black population more than tripled during the same period, going from 100,000 to 330,000.

For 25 years, Du Bois edited the organization’s official publication, Crisis. In 1948, however, he broke with the NAACP, accusing it of not being aggressive enough in its fight for civil rights. He became drawn to international communism, erroneously praising the Soviet Union as a land free of racial prejudice and class distinctions. Finally, in 1962, disgruntled with the slow pace of the civil rights movement that had begun a few years earlier, Du Bois moved to the nation of Ghana in Africa. He died there one year later at the age of 94.

Southern blacks could not look to the North Review and Write MP3476 American Black History 1. What is the origin of the term “Jim Crow”? 2. Why did northerners, who once fought so hard to abolish slavery, lose interest in southern blacks after the Reconstruction era? 3. How did Jim Crow laws govern the lives of blacks? Give several examples. The literacy test in Alabama at one time asked voters such questions as: The Constitution limits the size of the District of Columbia to what? Who presides at the impeachment of a president?

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