SAT Subject US History Practice Question 1093: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 1093

4. Which of the following was not a cause of the Great Migration?

A. The need for workers in munitions plants during World War I
B. Lynchings in Southern towns
C. Jim Crow laws
D. The Great Depression
E. The failure of cotton crops in the 1910s

Correct Answer: D


The Great Depression occurred a short time after the Great Migration. The need for workers during World War I would be considered a "pull" factor, drawing African Americans to the North. Answer choices (B), (C), and (E) are all "push" factors, convincing many African Americans that life in the South was intolerable.

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