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African American Experience in the World Wars: At Home

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World War 1

The Great Migration

The Great Migration resulted in African Americans moving out of the Southern United States for cities in the Northern U.S. and the Western states. In the first wave of the migration, from about 1910-1940 (scholars differ on beginning and end dates), over one million African American left the South. World War 1 increased demand for labor in the industrial Northern states, and this accelerated the movement of African American workers to these destinations.

World War 2

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