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Life in the “Promised Land”
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The lessons in this issue introduces educators and students to the experiences of African Americans who migrated from the South to the urban centers of the North between World War I and World War II, and their continued struggles as they tried to rebuild their lives.

The issue includes a story of two African Americans and their unique journeys to the North. Students analyze the story and put it in context using the background information provided. They are then asked to write a “magazine article” or an essay based on interviews with a family member or friend who migrated to their community as an adult.

Note: This is an archival publication dating back to 1990 and any supplements or suggestions for off-site education may not be available.

Download "Art to Zoo: Life in the 'Promised Land': African-American Migrants in Northern Cities, 1916-1940" (PDF).

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