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Russell Lee

Black Metropolis

Between 1940 and 1950, Chicago experienced a net in-migration of over 166,000 African Americans, nearly as many as had come in the previous three decades. As a result of housing discrimination, many of these migrants lived on Chicago's South Side, creating a flourishing "Black Metropolis," as St. Clair Drake and Horace Cayton observed in their 1940s study of black Chicago.

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