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Way Up North in Louisville: African American Migration in the Urban South, 1930-1970

Luther Adams


This book demonstrates that in the wake of World War II, when roughly half the black population left the South seeking greater opportunity and freedom in the North and West, the same desire often anchored African Americans to the South. It explores the forces that led blacks to move to urban centers in the South to make their homes. The author defines “home” as a commitment to life in the South that fueled the emergence of a more cohesive sense of urban community and enabled southern blacks to maintain their ties to the South as a place of personal identity, family, and community. This commitm ... More

Keywords: World War II, freedom, African Americans, southern blacks, urban centers, urban community, personal identity, family, citizenship rights, militant movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780807834220
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807899434_adams


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luther Adams, author