By Carter Godwin Woodson
Provocative paintings by means of distinct African-American pupil lines the migration north and westward of southern blacks, from the colonial period throughout the early twentieth century. Documented with info from modern newspapers, own letters, and educational journals, this discerning research vividly recounts a long time of harassment and humiliation, desire and success.
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