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Great Migration Shortened Lives Of Blacks Who Fled Jim Crow South

The proprietor of this store, who hastily plastered his display window with signs proclaiming it a 'colored store,' saved thi
The proprietor of this store, who hastily plastered his display window with signs proclaiming it a 'colored store,' saved this shop from destruction, when rioting African-Americans went through New York's 'black belt' on March 19, 1935, fighting police and shattering store windows. This picture shows the storefront, the center of interest for a group for African-American boys. (AP Photo)

The move North for millions of African-Americans during the Great Migration brought greater economic and educational opportunities — but also new stresses and big city vices that actually shortened their lives, according to a new study.

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