African Americans started moving from southern to northern states to escape strict Jim Crow segregation during the early 20th century. What is the name of this movement, which saw 6 million people move from the deep south in search of equal opportunity?
Answer The Great Migration
African Americans living in America's South were rarely equal to white citizens. Even though all people--including former slaves--were granted citizenship if born in the United States following the ratification of the 14th amendment, African Americans did not have the same opportunities as caucasians. (See Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson 1896, which enforced the separate but equal doctrine. Not until 1954 Brown v. Board was this reversed). The Great Migration showcases how African Americans wanted equality, enough to uproot their families and move to unknown parts of the country. Unfortunately for many, they continued to experience racism and hatred in the North.
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