Jacob Lawrence was an artist and historian - though not in the traditional sense. As the son of migrants north, Lawrence created a visual history of the Great Migration in a series of sixty paintings and captions. His work depicts all aspects of the migration experience examining motivation, work, travel, and new life in the North.
The first painting in the series is pictured below along with a series of related questions that introduce you to the type of analysis of Lawrence's work you will be doing. Click on the right arrow to proceed to the next painting, caption, and set of questions. The questions you will be addressing will help you appreciate how the tools of the artist (subject matter, color, perspective, etc.) can help you understand the history of the Great Migration as interpreted by Lawrence, Please,
questions adapted from the Jacob Lawrence: Exploring Stories exhibit and related teaching materials at the Whitney Museum of American Art