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Making a Way out of No Way – African American Women and the Second Great Migration - University Press of Mississippi
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Making a Way out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Great Migration

Lisa Krissoff Boehm


The Second Great Migration, the movement of African Americans between the South and the North that began in the early 1940s and tapered off in the late 1960s, transformed America. This migration of approximately five million people helped improve the financial prospects of black Americans, who, in the next generation, moved increasingly into the middle class. Over seven years, the author of this book gathered oral histories with women migrants and their children, two groups largely overlooked in the story of this event, and also utilized existing oral histories with migrants and southerners in ... More

Keywords: middle class, Second Great Migration, African Americans, black Americans, oral histories, women migrants, women’s history, Jim Crow, South, racism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781604732160
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604732160.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Krissoff Boehm, author