USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)


Brian Fenelon

First Advisor

Darryl Paulson, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

David R. Carr, Ph.D

Third Advisor

Raymond O. Arsenault, Ph.D.


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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This study examines movement of blacks from the rural South to the urban North with particular emphasis on black migration to the city of Chicago. The time parameters of the research stretch from the Civil War period to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's. The context and background to the change and upheaval that occurred in the 1960's are the subject of examination. For the first two centuries after the birth of the United States, blacks to one degree or another lived in servitude to whites. Part of the struggle for liberation was the quest for an environment where freedom, peace, harmony and human dignity could prevail. The black, unable to find that environment in the South, looked northward with the hope of finding it there. The cities of the urban North offered the promise of better employment, education, and housing than the South. This is the story of one of those cities and the black experience in that city: Chicago.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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