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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division

Harper's Weekly, November 9, 1867

Leaving the South

The nineteenth-century migration of African Americans from the South to the North had a dramatic impact on life in America. By boats, trains, or on foot, men, women, and children uprooted themselves from familiar places and extended family, and gambled on the possibility of a better life and self-determination in Northern cities.

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Image ID: 07_001
Title: Scene on a Mississippi River steamer - The parting song, illustration in Harper's Weekly.
Published: November 9, 1867
Location: Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Subjects: Free African Americans
Mississippi River
Steamboats -- American

Keywords: Migration - Northern
Mississippi River
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