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Children's LiteratureBetween 1915 and 1930 hundreds of thousands of African-Americans migrated from the southern states to the north. During those years black people chose to leave behind their ancestral homes in Dixie in search of a better life in the cities and towns of the northern states. In the factories, mills, and plants of the North these American migrants found employment and a society that demonstrated less overt racism than the land of Jim Crowe and "whites only" facilities where they had previously resided. This movement of people also set the stage for the modern ethnographic realities that still exist in many, if not most, northern cities. In this volume of the National Geographic "Crossroads America" series, youngsters are presented with the story of the influx of African-Americans into the northern portion of the nation. The author of this illustrated book touches upon a number of themes inclusive of the causes of the migration, social upheavals in the North resulting from it, racial intolerance faced by the newcomers, and the establishment of African-American cultural centers in Harlem and other places. Moving North tells the story of these brave-hearted folks in an approachable and comprehensive way. This is a fine historical work and one that chronicles a story that is both important and all too often overlooked. 2006, National Geographic, and Ages 10 to 14.
—Greg M. Romaneck