• Changes in the distribution of the African-American population are documented in U.S. Census data, and displayed in the maps in this gallery.

    African Americans moved out of the South in two "waves"—the First Great Migration, following the Civil War, and the Second Great Migration, following the Great Depression. About 40 years ago, African Americans began reversing this pattern and moving to the South, instead of away from it. This is the so-called "New Great Migration."

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    Civil War Noun

    (1860-1865) American conflict between the Union (north) and Confederacy (south).

    data Plural Noun

    (singular: datum) information collected during a scientific study.

    distribution Noun

    the way something is spread out over an area.

    Encyclopedic Entry: distribution
    First Great Migration Noun

    (~1915-~1930) movement of African Americans from the South, mostly to urban areas in the North.

    map Noun

    symbolic representation of selected characteristics of a place, usually drawn on a flat surface.

    Encyclopedic Entry: map
    New Great Migration Noun

    (~1970-present) movement of African Americans to the South.

    population Noun

    total number of people or organisms in a particular area.

    Second Great Migration Noun

    (~1930-~1970) movement of African Americans from the South, mostly to urban areas in the Midwest and West.

    South Noun

    loosely defined geographic region largely composed of states that supported or were sympathetic to the Confederate States of America (Confederacy) during the U.S. Civil War.

    U.S. Census Noun

    count of everyone in the U.S., conducted every 10 years.

    Encyclopedic Entry: U.S. Census
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