In the 1880s southern politicians began turning against newly freed African Americans and passed many restrictive laws against them. African Americans in North Carolina faced a dilemma--stay and face discrimination or move to an unknown life somewhere else. Many chose to go North. Between 1900 and 1940, over two million African Americans left the South. North and South Carolina and Virginia topped the list of immigrants. The McKinleys discuss the life they made for themselves in the North. Since the 1970s, many have been returning, and North Carolina has been one of the most popular states to come back to.