Migration In The Great Migration

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The neoclassical economic theory sees migration as a consequence of irregularities in the supply and demand of labor in different areas. The Neoclassical theory insinuates that migrants relocate from one place to another with the intention of maximizing their income. “People tend to move from counties where wages are low and labor is plentiful relative to capital to those where the opposite is the case” (Castles, 566). Emphasis is put on personal determinations to relocate based on logical observations of the costs and rewards associated. The journey of African Americans from the Southern States to the North during The Great Migration is linked to the neoclassical theory due to wages and the shortage of labor; in order for African Americans to obtain better wages, they needed to relocate to the Northern and Western cities. During both World Wars, when America sent her sons to battle and desperately needed laborers for the war-factories, African Americans filled the depleted factories and the supply and demand balance of laborers was materialized. The Oxford Handbook of African American Citizenship, 1865-Present narrated the economic aspects of African Americans by tracing the historical development of African American economic experiences, starting from the dawn of Reconstruction onward, and shed light on the consequences concerning the economic marginalization of blacks in the south during The Great Migration. The discriminatory system of Jim Crow’s south led to lower

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