life of african americans

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By: Jack Pulito


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Life for African Americans:

Life for African Americans In the 1920s

The Great Migration:

The Great Migration 2 million blacks moved from the Southern United States to Midwest, Northeast, and West from 1910 to 1930. This is called the Great Migration They left the South to escape racism and to find jobs in industrial cities.

Harlem Renaissance:

Harlem Renaissance Harlem Renaissance was the African-American culture revolution centered in Harlem, New York City. It began after World War I and climaxed in the mid to late 1920s. The movement involved literacy, art, music, dance, and theater.


Jazz Jazz is a blend of ragtime and blues. It uses dynamic rhythms and improvisation. Jazz became popular in the 1920s. African American musicians included King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, and Duke Ellington. Jazz was not only part of the African American. Many whites were very fond of jazz. The jazz age was another step in making the United States equal in the fight for civil rights.

19th Amendment:

19 th Amendment It gave women the right to vote. It was ratified in 1920. However, African American women in the South did not all receive this right. They were prevented from voting by other legal measures, just like African American men.

Ku Klux Klan (KKK):

Ku Klux Klan (KKK) It was a group based in the South that targeted other racial groups, especially African Americans. The Klan was founded in the 1860s. The Klan was revived in 1915 due to the upsurge of nativism during that time. The KKK burnt down churches and houses of African Americans. The killed, raped, assaulted, and burned many African Americans. Hundreds of African Americans were killed by the KKK in the 1920s.


Flappers A new breed of young women who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, smoking, driving automobiles and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms. Many flappers danced in a new and up beat way that others did not approve of.

Tulsa Race Riots:

Tulsa Race Riots Begun on May 31,1921 Lasted 16 hours Riots between white and black communities The main causes were Vigilante justice Influence of White Supremacist (such as the KKK) Fear of Communism Segregation Over 800 people were injured 10,000 were left homeless 35 blocks were destroyed

Significance of African Americans:

Significance of African Americans The life of African Americans in the 1920s was significant because they changed the culture of the United States. The influence of the Jazz age, Harlem Renaissance, Great Migration, and other African American events changed the country. The morals of many American were changed. An example of this was the flappers. This change of morals was influenced by the changes in the life of African Americans.

Why I chose this topic:

Why I chose this topic I chose the topic of life of African Americans in the 1920s because I think it is a very interesting topic. I love music and the Jazz Age was a huge part of the life of African American during this time. It was fascinating to learn about this topic and about the 1920s. I hope we have more projects like this in the future.

Life of African Americans in the 1920s:

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