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The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow A Century of Segregation
Jim Crow Stories
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Jim Crow Stories

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The Jim Crow era was one of struggle -- not only for the victims of violence, discrimination, and poverty, but by those who worked to challenge (or promote) segregation in the South. Various individuals, organizations, and events played key roles in shaping the history books; equally important are the experiences of those who have lived to tell their own tales. These are the stories of Jim Crow.

Listen to these stories, check out video, photographs, rare documents and more.
Ida B. Wells People
Meet 20 people -- some who are household names, some who are not -- who played important roles in the African-American community during the time of Jim Crow.Go
Sign: Do You Want to Vote? Register Here Personal Narratives
Listen and read compelling first-hand accounts by individuals who experienced Jim Crow. Their stories reveal the violence, contradictions, complexities, and even humor that marked life during Jim Crow.Go
Effigy with sign: This Nigger Voted
Events
From the Emancipation Proclamation to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision -- and even beyond -- segregation was the law and practice in the American South. Learn about some of the most important events of the Jim Crow era.Go
Burning cross Organizations
Opposition to and support of Jim Crow mobilized many forces -- black, white, and interracial groups all sought strength in unity. Find out more about some of these organizations.Go

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