Boehm, Lisa Krissoff, 1969-

Making a way out of no way : African American women and the second great migration / Lisa Krissoff Boehm. - Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2009. - 1 online resource (xx, 297 p.) : ill. - JSTOR eBooks Margaret Walker Alexander series in African American studies .

Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-282) and index.

A note on style -- Biographical sketches -- Introduction -- Memories of the Southern childhood -- Guiding influences and the younger years -- The move north -- Encountering the city -- The work of the domestic -- Family aspects -- Experiences with other types of employment -- Reflections on the migration and a life of work -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.

The Second Great Migration, the movement of African Americans between the South and the North that began in the early 1940s and tapered off in the late 1960s, transformed America. This migration of approximately five million people helped improve the financial prospects of black Americans, who, in the next generation, moved increasingly into the middle class. Over seven years, Lisa Krissoff Boehm gathered oral histories with women migrants and their children, two groups largely overlooked in the story of this event. She also utilized existing oral histories with migrants and southerners in lea.

9781604732177 (electronic bk.) 1604732172 (electronic bk.)

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African American women--Social conditions--20th century.
African American women--History--20th century.
African Americans--Migrations--History--20th century.
Migration, Internal--History--United States--20th century.
Rural-urban migration--History--United States--20th century.
African American women--Biography.
Oral history--United States.

E185.86 / .B6325 2009

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