After the Civil War, the South went through a period of rebuilding, termed Reconstruction, but because many white people in the South were not ready to accept African Americans as equals, unfair laws were passed which restricted the rights of blacks. These Black Codes and Jim Crow laws left African Americans in a segregated world.
Life was better in the north in many ways for African Americans. The 1920s brought jobs and moneyuntil The Great Depression hit. The Depression made times more difficult and left many homeless and jobless. The Harlem Renaissance ended, and many blacks left the cities seeking jobs wherever they could find them. Despite the hard times that followed, the Great Migration had brought many blessings for African Americans.
This series highlights specific periods and events from America's past and explains how they helped shape our country's history. Featuring lavish illustrations, period artwork, drawings, and photographs, the visual appeal alone is enough to engage young readers. The addition of carefully researched text that is both interesting and highly accessible led The American Library Association's Book List to name this series one of the ''Top Ten Nonfiction Series'' of 2004.