Sea Island to City: A Study of St. Helena Islanders in Harlem and Other Urban Centers

Sea Island to City: A Study of St. Helena Islanders in Harlem and Other Urban Centers

Sea Island to City: A Study of St. Helena Islanders in Harlem and Other Urban Centers

Sea Island to City: A Study of St. Helena Islanders in Harlem and Other Urban Centers

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It is a far cry from the placid rural life of a remote South Carolina sea island to the feverish and congested existence of Harlem. Yet this is but an instance of the change and adjustment that is being experienced to-day by large numbers of rural bred Negroes. Many problems follow such an abrupt transition in mode of life. Urban conditions of employment, of housing and family life, of law and order, of health and sanitation, and of the whole round of leisure time activities are vastly different from those found in a rural area.

By the study of a specific, selected group of migrants it seemed possible to secure a sounder understanding of the causes, operation, and results of Negro migration and of that general drift from farms to the cities which is a conspicuous feature of modern existence. An intensive study of a particular southern Negro community from which many individuals have gone, followed by visits to the homes of such migrants in the cities of chief destination, is an approach seldom used heretofore by students of the movements of colored population. Such a method may be regarded as a case analysis of Negro migration, which is thus analyzed from the point of view of the community from which Negro migrants came and also from the standpoint of information received directly from migrants in their urban homes.

The present study developed from the writer's participation in a general survey of St. Helena Island, South Carolina, in 1928. Several investigators under the joint auspices of the Social Science Research Council and the Institute for Research in Social Science . . .

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