Special Section: Reverse Migration

Craving jobs and a measure of equal treatment, blacks by the millions fled the South for the industrial cities of the North. The proportion of black Americans living in the South fell from 78% in 1900 to 43% in 1975. Lately, however, lessening racism and rapid economic growth have begun to reverse the trend. Many Northern blacks are apprehensive about the South, and some of those who left retain traumatic memories. But countless blacks are moving to the South, fleeing the Northern cities' high crime rates, high prices and deteriorating schools. For the most...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!