Why did African Americans encounter severe racism in the North? Thousands of African Americans left the Jim Crow South to escape the overt racism and horrible ways of living. However, once settled, usually in a Northern city, Blacks once again were confronted with discrimination and hatred. During this lesson, students will come to understand that African American life in the North--though somewhat better than in the Jim Crow South--was tainted by racial animosity and unrest.
Throughout the lesson students will:
1) Respond to a Bell Ringer which asks students to place themselves in the shoes of a Southern African American, determining what would be the leading cause of their departure from the South.
2) Answer questions in an engaging photo analysis activity about the changing life of African Americans who moved from South to North in the Great Migration and the racism they faced in both places.
3) Listen to an audio recording about the racist circumstances that impacted the decisions of African Americans to move from the Jim Crow South during the Great Migration.
4) Analyze primary and secondary sources that reveal the underlying reasons for racial animosity and unrest in the North.
5) End with an exit ticket that asks students to explain why African Americans encountered racial unrest in the early 1900s North.