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Chicago's Black Metropolis--Supplementary Resources

Chicago's Black Metropolis: Understanding History Through a Historic Place considers how one of the most remarkable internal population movements in U.S. history affected one city. Below are materials for further exploration of both Black Metropolis and the Great Migration.

Black Metropolis
At Home with Art & Industry: 1890-1920
The Illinois State Museum created this lesson, which focuses on Ruby Livingston, who migrated to Chicago from Mississippi in 1914. It also includes other information on why people moved north, often in their own words.

A Tour of the Black Metropolis
The Chicago Landmark Commission's tour of some of the most important places on the city's South Side, including some mentioned in Chicago's Black Metropolis: Understanding History Through a Historic Place.

National Register of Historic Places
The National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places' on-line travel itinerary, "Chicago," provides information on 25 places listed in the National Register for their association with the city's history, including the Chicago Bee Building and the Overton Hygienic Building.

Chicago Historical Society
Visit the Chicago Historical Society's website for more information about the city.  

The Great Migration
Library of Congress
The American Memory collection offers a wide variety of resources about the Great Migration. Start with the search engine, being sure to choose "Match this exact phrase" before you enter the phrase you want to search.

National Archives (NARA)
The Archives has placed on its web site a large number of items about the Great Migration. To find them, visit the NARA search engine.


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