Albany, New York and the Great Migration

TitleAlbany, New York and the Great Migration
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsLemak, JA
MagazineAfro-Americans in New York Life and History
Issue Number1
KeywordsAfrican Americans, Albany, Great Migration, New York

The Great Migration was a period between 1910 and 1940 of rapid population shift when hundreds of thousands of southern African Americans resettled in the North hoping to find better employment, housing, and education for their children, and less racial discrimination. However, upon arrival in the North, blacks found hard, dirty, industrial employment, poor housing, mediocre schools, and racial discrimination. Yet, African Americans continued to flock to the North's urban centers until the 1960s. Albany, New York, similar to other northern cities, experienced an influx of southern migrants during this time that changed the face of the city forever.