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Migration and Immigration Letters
These letters document the African American experience of the Great Migration and the Polish experience of immigration to the United States. Each set of letters provides a glimpse into the lives of people who left their homes in search of a better life. One might wonder why letters from Polish immigrants back to the their families in Poland are included in a collection of resources about the Great Migration. Because, as James Grossman highlights in the accompanying lecture, asking the same questions of different sets of documents relating to different groups of people from different periods can help us to better understand the individual groups.

Letters of Negro Migrants of 1916-1918

Read excerpts from The Journal of Negro History.

Correspondence between Members of Family-Groups, Raczkowski Series
Read an excerpt from The Polish Peasant in Europe and America: Monograph of an Immigrant Group.


You can read a transcript of James Grossman's lecture on the Great Migration.

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