Post-war African-American Migration

Throughout its history, Wisconsin has attracted people from diverse backgrounds. Unlike many of the older states to the east and south, Wisconsin was not a place where white Protestant and English-speaking people developed a social, political, and economic dominance. The tensions and conflicts that occurred were primarily centered along religious and linguistic lines, rather than race, as various ethnic groups settled in the state. However, in the twentieth century, as more African Americans came to Wisconsin seeking jobs in urban areas, race became the overriding factor that determined the circumstances under which they were allowed to settle and become a... more...

Original Documents and Other Primary Sources

Link to article: African American housing conditions in Milwaukee in 1955African American housing conditions in Milwaukee in 1955
Link to book: A survey of black families in rural Wisconsin, 1959A survey of black families in rural Wisconsin, 1959
Link to book: A 1950 guide to African American businessesA 1950 guide to African American businesses
Link to book: Wisconsin's African American population from statehood through 1910Wisconsin's African American population from statehood through 1910
Link to book: Milwaukee residents discuss the city's racial problems, 1965Milwaukee residents discuss the city's racial problems, 1965
Link to manuscript: An African American woman describes her migration to Wisconsin in 1917An African American woman describes her migration to Wisconsin in 1917
Link to manuscript: A detailed look at Milwaukee's black community in 1946A detailed look at Milwaukee's black community in 1946
Link to manuscript: William Rasche advocates on behalf of African American workersWilliam Rasche advocates on behalf of African American workers
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