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Black Workers in the Era of the  Great Migration, 1916-1929

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HD 8081 A65 B57X 1985

Black Workers in the Era of the  Great Migration, 1916-1929. Grossman, James R. Frederick, Md. : University Publications of America, c1985.

MIC FLM HD 8081 A65 B57X 1985 25 reels, 35mm.


 During World War I, approximately one-half million African Americans left their southern homes and streamed into northern industrial centers, as the war economy, comboined with vrtual cessation of foreighn immigration and the mobilization of the armed force, created new oporturnities for African American workers in northern industry. Kown as the "Great Migration," this exodus contitnued during the next decade, with the movement doubling in volume and subsequently continuing for another 50 years. 

This collection of documents from federal agencies focuses on the first decade of that long-term transformation of African Americans concentrating on labor and migration.



1-2:  RG 280 U.S. Conciliation Service*

      2-4:  RG 68 U.S. Coal Commission

      4-5:  National War Labor Board

      5:  RG 13 National Mediation Board

      6-11:  RG U.S. Railroad Administration

      12-14: RG U.S. Dept. of Labor

      14-16: RG Bureau of Employment Security

      16-19: RG 86 Women's Bureau

      19:  RG 1 War Labor Policies Board

                  RG 29 Bureau of the Census

      19-20: RG 60 Department of Justice

      20-21: RG 107 Record of the Secretary of War

21:  RG 165 War Department, General Staff

                  RG 233 U.S. House of Representatives

                  RG 32 U.S. Shipping Board

                  RG 63 Committee on Public Information

      21-22: RG 83 Bureau of Agricultural Ecomomics

      22:  RG 16 Department of Agriculture

22-25: RG 3 U.S. Housing Corporation

25:  RG 102 U.S. Children's Bureau

* RG = record group


Black Workers in the Era of the Great Migration,  1916-1929, by Martin Schipper, includes a reel index and a subject index. 


            Afro-Americans--Employment--History--20th Century --Sources.

            Afro-Americans--Social Conditions--To 1964--


            Trade-unions--United States--Afro-American


            Rural-urban migration--United States.