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ACTIVITY TWO: The Geography of Jim Crow



The teacher will need to do the following before beginning this activity:

View the video THE RISE AND FALL OFJIM CROW. Most of the events in this activity are covered in Episodes One and Two of the video.

Visit the United States Historical Census Data Browser at:

Using the Historical Census Browser is fairly straightforward. Categories and variables vary from year to year. Students must be made aware that multiple selections can be made from variables listed in the data categories. (Information on the Web site's homepage explains how to select more than one category, depending upon the type of browser you are using.) Once variables have been selected, click the "Browse [Census Year] Data" at the bottom of the page. The Web site will then display the data by state. To obtain census information for counties within a given state, select the state and click the "View Counties" button at the bottom of the page.

We recommend that you complete the Census Quest questions your students will be working with, so that you know the answers to these questions and you will be able to anticipate difficulties your students might have using this database.

Print out copies of the Census Quest questionnaire for your students.

Media Components

    Video Resources:

    • THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW, Episodes One and Two.

    Computer Resources:

    • Modem: 56.6 Kbps or faster.
    • Browser: Netscape Navigator 4.0 or above or Internet Explorer 4.0 or above. Macintosh computer: System 8.1 or above and at least 32 MB of RAM.
    • Personal computer (Pentium II 350 MHz or Celeron 600 MHz) running Windows® 95 or higher and at least 32 MB of RAM.

Bookmarked sites

United States Historical Census Data Browser

Hosted by the Geospatial and Statistical Data Center at the Library of the University of Virginia, the United States Historical Census Data Browser contains selected detailed county- and state-level data for the United States for the years 1790 to 1970.

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Intergenerational Discussion Guide
presents ideas and facts on the Jim Crow era.
  To download the Guide, you'll need the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download Adobe Acrobat.  


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