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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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