ISTD 2020 - Displaced Within a Nation

  • David McGovern

My ISTD publication focuses on the south-north migration of around 6 million African American citizens that occurred from around 1910 to 1970, commonly known as the Great Migration. Poor economic and social conditions in the south, including segregation under Jim Crow Laws, contributed to what is still the largest mass migration of people to take place within the borders of one nation.

It is a common misconception that life for African American citizens in the north was immediately improved after arrival from the south. However, events such as the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 show that Black citizens were met with great hostility even in parts of the country considered less racially divided than the southern states. Visually, I took cues from period design and typography as well as historical archives in order to maintain a clear and consistent style.

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      Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

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