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The Great Migration: From Mississippi to Chicago

Clip: Season 15 | 1m 15s | Video has closed captioning.

Hundreds of thousands of black people fled Mississippi for Chicago in the years between the world wars. Neighborhoods and schools were segregated, but the city offered a kind of freedom black Mississippians could only dream about.

Aired: 01/20/03

Rating: NR

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