Date of Award
Master of Arts
Master of History
Moving west beyond homes on the Atlantic seaboard resembled a trickle of water during the early history of our country. This volume began to increase as the country grew. When the country became a free and independent nation and acquired lands beyond the Mississippi River, the pour became torrential. The question is: Who were these people pouring into western lands? With current emphasis on black history and the role of the Negro in the making of this country, one would ask another question: Was the Negro a part of the Westward Movement? To find the answers to these questions, the writings of notable western historians were reviewed.
It is the purpose of this study to answer the following questions: Why did the Negro leave homes in Illinois, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and many other Eastern states? What attractions did New Orleans offer? What skills did he bring and occupations did he pursue?
The writer's study will concentrate with the period between 1840 and 1860. It was during the 1840's that the Great Migration to the acquired Western territories began, and ends with the termination of the 1860's when the differences between the North and the South became paramount.
George R. Woolfolk
Prairie View A&M College
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Date of Digitization
John B Coleman Library
City of Publication
Harris, M. G. (1969). New Orleans: Outpost of Negro Westward Migration. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.pvamu.edu/pvamu-theses/1092