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| image = [[File:Portrait of Man and Woman.jpg]]
| caption = Portrait of a man and woman with a moon and stars back drop from the Allfree Family Collection, ca. 1940 - 1949. The Allfree Family moved from Alabama to Cincinnati, Ohio around 1900.
<p>The Great Migration began in the 1910s and continued through World War II in the1940s. During this thirty year time period, hundreds of thousands of African Americans moved from the South to the North. In the South, most African Americans had few rights and opportunities. Many of these people worked as sharecroppers, tenant farmers, or as day laborers. With the beginning of World War I, a number of jobs opened in Northern industries. Many businesses increased production to meet wartime needs. Many white men joined the armed forces of the United States military and were sent to Europe to fight. While some African-American men also enlisted in the armed forces, many others migrated to the North to fill these positions. Estimates vary, but possibly as many as 500,000 black people moved from the South to the North during the 1910s and the early 1920s.</p>
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