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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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The South in the City: The Initial Confrontation with the Urban Landscape

The South in the City: The Initial Confrontation with the Urban Landscape

(p.48) 2 The South in the City: The Initial Confrontation with the Urban Landscape
Who Set You Flowin?

Farah Jasmine Griffin

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The chapter briefly discusses the migration narratives that depict the need of African Americans to confront the urban power as they migrate. Such confrontation involves altering consciousness, adjusting to the sights and sounds of the city where they migrated. Initial responses manifested in different social classifications —genre, generation, race, class, and gender. The effects of migration to the emigrants are also included in the chapter. Most of the migration narratives regarded the South as a land of oppression in order to justify the migration of African Americans. The chapter also shows the influence of African Americans in pop culture especially in music.

Keywords:   African American, migration narratives, gender, urban power, race, class, pop culture, genre, generation

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