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African Americans in the Greater DC Area: 1930 to the Present Open Access Deposited

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In the 1930s the Washington, DC African American community was concentrated in the heart of the city. During the second half of the 20th century DC’s African American population migrated rapidly eastward, including beyond the city’s boundaries into Maryland. Now, eight decades later, the African American population lives farther east, centered in southeast DC and western Prince George’s County. The distribution of African Americans across the region has changed sharply from the checkerboard pattern in the early half of the 1900s to the geographic concentration of today.

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