This Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier newspaper article was written by Pat Kinney in 2011 about African Americans who migrated to Waterloo, Iowa, as strikebreakers in the 1911 Railroad Strike. Many had originally been excluded from this line of work by racial discrimination in labor unions. The African Americans who moved to Waterloo during the strike faced danger and animosity but they became an integral part of the community.
- How was Roosevelt Taylor connected to the Great Migration?
- What does this text tell you about the reason(s) why African Americans pulled to move to the North, and in particular, to Waterloo, Iowa?
- How does this source connect to other sources in this source set in providing reasons for African Americans to migrate to northern states? Are these reasons born out of hope, fear or both?
Kinney, Pat, "Great Migration Railroad strike 100 years ago brought an influx of African-Americans to Waterloo," Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, 1 February 2011. Courtesy of Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier