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Early Twentieth Century Afro-American Migration to Washington, D.C.

After 1915 Afro-Americans living in the South began moving north in unprecedented numbers. Relocating primarily to urban areas in the northern and eastern sections of the United States, these newcomers often more than doubled the Afro-American population in these cities. While this migration enriched already existing Black communities, it complicated the relationship between Black and White residents. As the Afro-American population grew, it created increased competition for jobs and housing, sparking resentment among some White residents. The growing impact of Black voters, however, made them a factor in the eyes of local politicians. Their

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