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There were also factors that pulled migrants to the north, such as labor shortages in northern factories brought about by World War I, resulting in thousands of jobs in steel mills, railroads, meatpacking plants, and the automobile industry. After moving from the racist pressures of the south to the northern states, African Americans were inspired to different kinds of creativity. The Great Migration resulted in the Harlem Renaissance , which was also fired by immigrants from the Caribbean.
In her Pulitzer Prize —winning book The Warmth of Other Suns , journalist Isabel Wilkerson discusses the migration of "six million black Southerners [moving] out of the terror of Jim Crow to an uncertain existence in the North and Midwest. The struggle of African-American migrants to adapt to Northern cities was the subject of Jacob Lawrence 's Migration Series of paintings, created when he was a young man in New York. The Great Migration had effects on music as well as other cultural subjects. Many blues singers migrated from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago to escape racial discrimination.
Great Delta-born pianist Eddie Boyd told Living Blues magazine, "I thought of coming to Chicago where I could get away from some of that racism and where I would have an opportunity to, well, do something with my talent It wasn't peaches and cream [in Chicago], man, but it was a hell of a lot better than down there where I was born. The Great Migration drained off much of the rural black population of the South, and for a time, froze or reduced African-American population growth in parts of the region. In a number of states, there were decades of black population decline, especially across the Deep South "black belt" where cotton had been king.
The migration changed the demographics of the South. In , African Americans constituted the majority of the population of South Carolina and Mississippi, and more than 40 percent in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas; by , only in Mississippi did the African-American population constitute more than 30 percent of the state's total.
The growing black presence outside the South changed the dynamics and demographics of numerous cities in the North, Midwest and West.
In , only , African Americans lived outside the South, just 8 percent of the nation's total black population. By , more than Because the migrants concentrated in the big cities of the north and west, their influence was magnified in those places. Cities that had been virtually all white at the start of the century became centers of black culture and politics by mid-century.
Informal residential segregation and the tendency of people to settle with others of their home communities led to concentrations of blacks in certain areas. The northern "Black metropolises" developed an important infrastructure of newspapers, businesses, jazz clubs, churches, and political organizations that provided the staging ground for new forms of racial politics and new forms of black culture. As a result of the Great Migration, the first large urban black communities developed in northern cities beyond New York, Boston, Baltimore, Washington D. It is conservatively estimated that , African Americans left the South in through to take advantage of a labor shortage in industrial cities during the First World War.
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In , the African-American population of Detroit was 6, The Great Migration, along with immigrants from southern and eastern Europe as well as their descendants, rapidly turned the city into the country's fourth-largest. By the start of the Great Depression in , the city's African-American population had increased to , In —01, Chicago had a total population of 1,, During the second wave of the Great Migration —60 , the African-American population in the city grew from , to , The flow of African Americans to Ohio, particularly to Cleveland , changed the demographics of the state and its primary industrial city.
Before the Great Migration, an estimated 1. Louis, and Omaha, also had dramatic increases in their African-American populations. By the s, New York's Harlem became a center of black cultural life, influenced by the American migrants as well as new immigrants from the Caribbean area. People tended to take the cheapest rail ticket possible and go to areas where they had relatives and friends.
Educated African Americans were better able to obtain jobs after the Great Migration, eventually gaining a measure of class mobility , but the migrants encountered significant forms of discrimination. Because so many people migrated in a short period of time, the African-American migrants were often resented by the urban white working class often recent immigrants themselves ; fearing their ability to negotiate rates of pay or secure employment, the ethnic whites felt threatened by the influx of new labor competition.
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Sometimes those who were most fearful or resentful were the last immigrants of the 19th and new immigrants of the 20th century. African Americans made substantial gains in industrial employment, particularly in the steel, automobile, shipbuilding, and meatpacking industries. Between and , the number of blacks employed in industry nearly doubled from , to , The unions ended the segregation of many jobs, and African Americans began to advance into more skilled jobs and supervisory positions previously informally reserved for whites.
Between and , the number of blacks in managerial and administrative occupations doubled, along with the number of blacks in white-collar occupations, while the number of black agricultural workers in fell to one-fourth of what it was in Census from to Populations increased so rapidly among both African-American migrants and new European immigrants that there were housing shortages in most major cities. With fewer resources, the newer groups were forced to compete for the oldest, most run-down housing.
Ethnic groups created territories which they defended against change. Discrimination often restricted African Americans to crowded neighborhoods. The more established populations of cities tended to move to newer housing as it was developing in the outskirts.
Mortgage discrimination and redlining in inner city areas limited the newer African-American migrants' ability to determine their own housing, or obtain a fair price.
In the long term, the National Housing Act of contributed to limiting the availability of loans to urban areas, particularly those areas inhabited by African Americans. As they lived and worked more closely with European Americans, the divide became increasingly indefinite. This period marked the transition for many African Americans from lifestyles as rural farmers to urban industrial workers.
This migration gave birth to a cultural boom in cities such as Chicago and New York. In Chicago for instance, the neighborhood of Bronzeville became known as the "Black Metropolis". From to , the "Black Metropolis" was at the peak of its golden years. Many of the community's entrepreneurs were black during this period. For urbanized people, eating proper foods in a sanitary, civilized setting such as the home or a restaurant was a social ritual that indicated one's level of respectability.
The people native to Chicago had pride in the high level of integration in Chicago restaurants, which they attributed to their unassailable manners and refined tastes.