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Students’ Migration Stories: The Power of Oral History

By: VLA Teacher, Sam Cralli

Tagged: school, history,

4 minutes, 45 seconds

After learning about Chicago’s history and the Great Migration, students interviewed a family member to find out how their families arrived in Chicago. Students then wrote an essay about their family member’s journey to the city.

Afterwards, they presented their family story to the class. Many students’ families were a part of the Great Migration, moving North for new opportunities and a chance at equality.

Many students gained a deep appreciation for the sacrifices their families’ have made. Four students were selected to share their families’ stories at StoryCorp, where they were recorded for the Library of Congress.

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