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RQ: In the 1920s, why did African American families like the Sweet's move to neighborhoods like Detroit's Garland Avenue? Explain. African American families moved to Detroit in the 1920’s for increased opportunities for work and upward mobility. 1) Eric Foner says that “The automobile was the backbone of economic growth. The most celebrated American Factories turned out cars, not textiles or steel.” This shows that Detroit, which possessed the most celebrated automobile factories, was constantly growing and producing more jobs that African Americans from the south could take. 2) Boyle Says that Ossian Sweet had gotten his medical degree from Howard University and was looking for a place to practice medicine. Since the south was still hostile towards African Americans he looked toward constantly growing northern cities like Detroit as a place to practice
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Unformatted text preview: medicine. 3) Boyle also says that Garland Avenue sat “Halfway between the squalor of the inner city and the splendor of suburban Grosse Pointe.” This neighborhood provided a chance for African Americans to climb the social ladder, at least a lot more than they could in the south. These examples show that growing northern cities like Detroit gave migrating African Americans the chance to move up in the world by providing more and better work opportunities. 1) Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty: An American History, vol. 2, 2nd ed., (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2008) pg. 722 2) Kevin Boyle, Arc of Justice, (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2004) pg. 21 3) Ibid., pg. 15...
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