6. Great Migration
One of the interesting things about the Great Migration is the
terminology itself. Ken said that there had been a surge
of interest in the Great Migration. When I first started working
on this actually, which was back in the mid-seventies, if
told someone I was working on the Great Migration does anyone
know what they would have thought I was working on?
[Female voice] It's my field, Puritan Immigration, from the 1630s
to the 1640s.
Right, the Great Migration happened in the 1630s. And it was
the Puritans coming to Massachusetts, and it was the common term
and hey, if you said Great Migration that's what people said,
thought I was saying, and it's very interesting, now if you say
Great Migration I think more people, more historians, more people
who are familiar also with the seventeenth century will know what
And I'm not quite sure when it came to be called the Great Migration.
If you look at the sources from the period, what you see is "the
exodus." That's the most common term that was used at
the time. So it was first referred to by African Americans that
way and then later came to be called the Great Migration.