GIS investigations are part of many of the activities in this unit. These investigations make use of ArcGIS Online, an internet software that runs on most browsers. If you do not have an an ArcGIS account and would like to have one you can sign up for a free personal account here.
The Great Migration Project files are also available to download for ArcGIS Desktop:
The data and shapefiles in the various map layers are from a variety of sources:
County and State Level Data
Shape files and census data from Minnesota Population Center. National Historical Geographic Information System: Version 2.0. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota 2011.
Carole Marks, Farewell, We're Good and Gone: The Great Black Migration, (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1989).
Farah Jasmine Griffin, "Who Set you Flowin?" The African-American Migration Narrative, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995).
Your comments and suggestion about these materials are more than welcome.
If you have ideas for additional topics that would lend themselves to the approach taken here, please pass them along. I'd enjoy collaborating with you.