During the Jim Crow Era, African Americans had an extremely hard time finding employers that would hire people of their race, and in the jobs they could obtain they were often exploited. This left African Americans desperate for places where they could achieve economic sustainability.
This picture describes how some companies needing workers would only hire people who were white. Most people were looking for jobs during the Great Depression, but a lot of times blacks were excluded from certain professions. This helped to oppress them further by keeping them at the bottom of the economic ladder.
This primary source is a handbill used to attract black settlers to Kansas. Kansas was the home state of John Brown, a famous abolitionist, and was known for being more of a "free state." This lead black people to see Kansas as a safe place for them to live. They also saw Kansas as a place where they could get better jobs and earn enough money to sustain themselves and their family. This handbill appealed to those positive views of the state by advertising that a migration to Kansas promised a better life; a life that could provide black people with economic sustainability and mobility.
This photo shows two tenant farmers hoeing a field in Alabama. Sharecroppers and tenant farmers were similar professions because they both included living on and working a plot of land on someone else's property. The plot of land was rented to the farmers, and they would pay the landowners, who were mostly white, with a share of their crop. This was not a well paying profession, and it was a job mostly filled by African Americans. Because of the poor pay, and the fact that sharecroppers and tenant farmers were frequently exploited, it is know as slavery by another name.