Podcast: How did the Great Migration help shape today’s politics?
In this week’s episode of Politics In Question, Keneshia Grant joins Julia and Lee to consider how the past can inform our understanding of the present moment in American politics. Grant is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Howard University. She is the author of The Great Migration and the Democratic Party: Black Voters and the Realignment of American Politics in the 20th Century (Temple University Press, 2020).
How did the Great Migration of black Americans from southern states to northern cities before and after the Second World War influence today’s political debates? Why did black voters leave the Party of Lincoln to become Democrats? What impact did that decision have on the subsequent evolution of the Republican and Democratic parties? These are some of the questions Keneshia, Julia, and Lee discuss on this week’s episode.