Where Black people live has long been an important determinant of
their ability to participate in political processes. The Great
Migration significantly changed the way Democratic Party elites
interacted with Black communities in northern cities, Detroit, New
York, and Chicago. Many white Democratic politicians came to
believe the growing pool of Black voters could help them reach
their electoral goals-and these politicians often changed their
campaign strategies and positions to secure Black support.
Furthermore, Black migrants were able to participate in politics
because there were fewer barriers to Black political participations
outside the South.The Great Migration and the Democratic Party
frames the Great Migration as an important economic and social
event that also had serious political consequences. Keneshia Grant
created one of the first listings of Black elected officials that
classifies them based on their status as participants in the Great
Migration. She also describes some of the policy/political concerns
of the migrants. The Great Migration and the Democratic Party lays
the groundwork for ways of thinking about the contemporary impact
of Black migration on American politics.
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