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Have your students:
Review newspapers of the era for articles and/or advertisements relating to the Great Migration.
Write an editorial convincing the African-American population to either abandon or remain in the South.
Write an essay asking the following question: Is the North still a more conducive environment for African-Americans than the South? Why or Why not?
Interview a senior citizen about the Great Migration.
Interview northern blacks about their emigration from the South.
Examine programs developed to keep blacks in the South.
Discuss the contemporary migration of African Americans back to the South.
Refer to "Alabama's Musical Heritage" in the Supplemental Resources section for notes on the song, "Jim Crow Blues," which is about African-American motivation for leaving the South.
For more information and ideas see http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/what.htm.