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The Acceleration of the Great Migration, 1916-17

Students work in groups to examine excerpts from primary source documents. They identify social and economic factors affecting specific categories of people when the Great Migration accelerated in 1916 to 1917: black migrant workers from the South, southern planters, southern small-farm farmers, northern industrialists, agents, and white immigrant workers in the North. Each student group creates a "perspectives page" to post for a gallery walk where students analyze the causes of the Great Migration and the changes it brought to both the North and South. Students also discuss the specific economic factors that influenced the Great Migration: scarcity, supply, demand, surplus, shortage, and opportunity cost. Using the PACED decisionmaking model, they analyze the alternatives and criteria of potential migrants.

•  Lesson (pdf)

•  PowerPoint (pptx)

Supplemental materials:
•  Group 1 Black Migrants (pdf)
•  Group 2 Southern Planters (pdf)
•  Group 3 Southern Small-Farm Farmers (pdf)
•  Group 4 Northern Industrialists (pdf)
•  Group 5 Agents (pdf)
•  Group 6 White Immigrant Workers (pdf)

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Audience:   High School, College, Consumers
Language:   English
Subjects:   History, Geography
Resource Types:   Activity, Lessons, Primary Source Documents, PowerPoint
Concepts:   Human Capital, Factors of Production/Productive Resources, Demand, Opportunity Cost, Supply, Scarcity