by Patricia Leslie, Robert Hunter Elementary School
Suzanne Petto, Copper Hill School

Working in groups, students will research The Great Migration. They will become experts in the push and pull factors of the migration and decide whether to migrate North. Students will write a letter to a friend or relative explaining their decision.


Getting Started

The year is 1916 and you are an African American living in the South.  You have been getting letters from a cousin who has recently moved to the North.  The letters are full of encouraging news.  You are intrigued and need to learn about the conditions in the North.  You will also have to analyze the current conditions in the South. You will make a decision about whether to join your cousin in a northern city.  It is a very important decision.