Map Monday: The Second Great African-American Migration

Here’s a timely map for you for MLK day, showing the “second migration” of African-Americans from the South to the North following World War II. Here’s the map showing how regional migration followed specific railroad corridors:

2nd great migration

There’s a lot of history to this, and I recommend Isabel Wilkerson’s excellent history, The Warmth of Other Suns for the definitive history of the mid-century black migrations. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.


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