BLACK MIGRATION TO NORTHERN TOWNS
The town of Roxbury is creating a character that is much different from the shamrocks,
pubs and distinct Bostonian accent you hear all the time. Roxbury is a neighborhood
within Boston Massachusetts. It was one of the first towns founded in the
Massachusetts Bay Colony in sixteen thirty and became a city in eighteen forty- eight.
The city of Roxbury became a suburb of Boston in eighteen sixty- eight. In the 19th
Century the northern areas such as Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury and much of ‘the
Back Bay-this area was, settled, by English, German and Irish people.
In the early twentieth century, the town of Roxbury became the home to the Jewish
community. The area known as Grove Hall, along Blue Hill Avenue came to be the center
of Jewish habitat. The social, political and economical background of the district as always
been crucial in the identity of the region been predominantly Protestant or Catholic. With
the coming of the southern blacks during the post second war migrations. The region
began the process of change that affects how we look at Roxbury and the other regions of
South Boston. As a result, the report deals with the reasons the blacks migrated north to
towns like Roxbury. Moreover, how the neighborhood ultimately affected by change became
a site for racial unrest and hate. The influx of black people from the south of the
United States to Roxbury Massachusetts occurred in the 1940s. They were attracted by lesser
discrimination, beautiful homes and higher wages. Upon coming to the north the migrants
encountered segregation, which was encouraged by the white people. Furthermore, the
neighborhoods re-structuring soon generated an increased crime rate and turf warfare that
was racially motivated.
The property value soon depreciated with the coming of the black migrants to the town of
Roxbury and other neighborhoods. Moreover, anything negative within the community, thus was