SAT Subject US History Practice Question 555: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 555

86. The Great Migration took place during which of the following decades?

A. 1920s
B. 1850s
C. 1890s
D. 1960s
E. 1990s

Correct Answer: A


The Great Migration usually refers to the movement of about 1.5 million African Americans from the South to the North from about 1910 to 1930. African Americans migrated to escape racism, get a better education, and find work in northern cities. Between 1910 and 1930, the black population of the north rose about 207 percent; Chicago's black population grew by 148 percent, and Detroit's by 611 percent.

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