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Goin' North: Tales of the Great Migration Oral History Project

Project Summary

Goin' North documents the First Great Migration of southern Blacks to northern cities unleashed by the First World War, including their lives in the South and reasons for moving north, rumors and expectations about life in the North, first impressions of the city, employment experiences in industrial occupations and service work, housing and homeownership, inter- and intra-race relations, political exclusion and then empowerment as part of Democratic coalition of the 1930s, Black nightlife and the city's commercial vice economy between the 1910s and 1930s, and personal life reflections on the move north and its impact in their lives. The interviews were conducted between 1979 and 1986 with Southern Blacks who had migrated to Philadelphia and Black Philadelphians who witnessed their arrival and impact upon the city. The interviews were conducted for "Goin' North: Tales of the Great Migration," a 5-part public radio documentary series first broadcast on WHYY-FM in 1984, then distributed nationally in 1994. In 2015, they were archived in the Nunn Center by the Philadelphia History Museum and Professor Charles Hardy III of West Chester University.

Interview excerpts have been featured in museum exhibits, books, and documentaries, including the National Museum of American History's "Field to Factory: Afro-American Migration, 1915-1940" exhibit (1986), the Race with History radio documentary series (2004), and "The City of Opportunity: A Walking Tour of Black Philadelphia in the Roaring Twenties," (2017). Full transcripts, indexes, and audio of forty-one of the interviews along with biographical sketches of narrators can be found on the Goin' North: Stories from the First Great Migration to Philadelphia, website, which launched in 2014.

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Interviews in this Project (71 Total):

Interview Accession Number: 2014oh149_gn001
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh150_gn002
Interviewer: Donna DeVore
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh151_gn003
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh152_gn004
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh153_gn005
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh154_gn006
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh155_gn007
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh156_gn008
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh157_gn009
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh158_gn010
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh159_gn011
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh160_gn012
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh161_gn013
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh162_gn014
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh163_gn015
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh164_gn016
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh165_gn017
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh166_gn018
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh167_gn019
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh168_gn020
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh169_gn021
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh170_gn022
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh171_gn023
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh172_gn024
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh173_gn025
Interviewer: Diane Turner
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh174_gn026
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh175_gn027
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh176_gn028
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh177_gn029
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh178_gn030
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh179_gn031
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh180_gn032
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh181_gn033
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh182_gn034
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh183_gn035
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh184_gn036
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh185_gn037
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh186_gn038
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh187_gn039
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh188_gn040
Interviewer: Donna DeVore
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh189_gn041
Interviewer: Donna DeVore
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh190_gn042
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh191_gn043
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh192_gn044
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh193_gn045
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh194_gn046
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh195_gn047
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh196_gn048
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh197_gn049
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh198_gn050
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh199_gn051
Interviewer: Donna DeVore
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh200_gn052
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh201_gn053
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh202_gn054
Interviewer: Jacquie Carlisle
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh203_gn055
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh204_gn056
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh205_gn057
Interviewer: Jacquie Carlisle
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh206_gn058
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh207_gn059
Interviewer: Harriet Garrett
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh208_gn060
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh209_gn061
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh210_gn062
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh211_gn063
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh212_gn064
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh213_gn065
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh214_gn066
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh215_gn067
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh216_gn068
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh217_gn069
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh218_gn070
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2014oh219_gn071
Interviewer: Charles Hardy, III
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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