Humanities in Class: Webinar Series

Southern Journey: The Migrations of the American South, 1790–2020

Lead Scholar: Edward L. Ayers (Center Trustee; President Emeritus; Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities, University of Richmond)

December 9, 2021

Teachers of history sometimes have a hard time making big social processes comprehensible to students. Southern Journey, like the other components of New American History, tries a new approach. The maps of this book and digital project, using novel and attractive techniques, show how the Black, white, Native, and immigrant people of the American South moved across more than two centuries. The domestic trade in enslaved people, the dislocations of the Civil War, the Great Migration, and the current surge of in-migration across the South appear in compelling and comprehensible ways.

Subjects: History; American South; Great Migration; Migration; Southern Culture; American History