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Unpublished Paper
THE PECULIAR IMMOBILITY: Regional affinity and the Postbellum Black Migrant
(2012)
  • PHILIP E GRAVES, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • ROBERT L SEXTON, Pepperdine University
  • RICHARD VEDDER, Ohio University - Main Campus
Abstract
Why did newly freed slaves and their descendants wait a half a century before migrating in large numbers to the superior economic opportunities in the North? Census lifetime migration data on both movers and stayers are examined intertemporally for both whites and blacks. Regression analysis reveals that before 1920 Southern blacks had a very strong affinity for the "Southern way of life."
Keywords
  • black migration,
  • human migration,
  • Post-bellum history,
  • wage convergence,
  • amenities
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
PHILIP E GRAVES, ROBERT L SEXTON and RICHARD VEDDER. "THE PECULIAR IMMOBILITY: Regional affinity and the Postbellum Black Migrant" (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/philip_graves/72/