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Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets

Leah Platt Boustan


From 1940 to 1970, nearly four million black migrants left the American rural South to settle in the industrial cities of the North and West. This book provides a comprehensive account of the long-lasting effects of the influx of black workers on labor markets and urban space in receiving areas. Traditionally, the Great Black Migration has been lauded as a path to general black economic progress. This book challenges this view, arguing instead that the migration produced winners and losers within the black community. The book shows that migrants themselves gained tremendously, more than doubli ... More

Keywords: black migrants, black workers, black community, labor markets, black economic growth, Great Black Migration, American society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691150871
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691150871.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leah Platt Boustan, author