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Who Set You Flowin?The African-American Migration Narrative$
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Farah Jasmine Griffin

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195088960

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195088960.001.0001

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“Boll Weevil in the Cotton / Devil in the White Man”: Reasons for Leaving the South

“Boll Weevil in the Cotton / Devil in the White Man”: Reasons for Leaving the South

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Who Set You Flowin?

Farah Jasmine Griffin

Oxford University Press

The chapter begins by a description of migration narratives that portray the lynching of African Americans. Two meanings can be derived from these migration narratives, the first being the impact of lynching to the land and their home country and the horrors shown by a lynched body. The second part of the chapter focuses on the migration blues encountered by the African Americans as they left the South and how they dealt with it. The chapter also provides relevant insights into why the African Americans chose to migrate and leave their home country. The commonly used symbols found are briefly discussed in each of the migration narratives.

Keywords:   migration blues, lynching, migration narratives, symbols, African Americans, South, home country

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