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Ain't Got No Home – America's Great Migrations and the Making of an Interracial Left - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Ain't Got No Home: America's Great Migrations and the Making of an Interracial Left

Erin Royston Battat


Most scholarship on the mass migrations of African Americans and southern whites during and after the Great Depression treats those migrations as separate phenomena, strictly divided along racial lines. This interdisciplinary work argues instead that we should understand these Depression-era migrations as interconnected responses to the capitalist collapse and political upheavals of the early twentieth century. During the 1930s and 1940s, it shows, writers and artists of both races created migration stories specifically to bolster the black–white Left alliance. Defying rigid critical categorie ... More

Keywords: mass migrations, African Americans, southern whites, Great Depression, Depression, migrations, capitalist collapse, political upheavals, civil rights, American populism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469614021
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469614021.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erin Royston Battat, author