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Web Sites for Jim Crow: PBS's The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

PBS's The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

Based on the a landmark four-part series, THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW, that explored segregation from the end of the civil war to the dawn of the modern civil rights movement.  Explore the vast resources of the web site that accompanies the series to get an in-depth look at the Jim Crow era.  

We recommend the following links:


A Century of Segregation 

Choose tabs on the interactive timeline and investigate some of the important events that took place in the Jim Crow era. 

Jim Crow Stories

Choose from stories about people, events and organizations--narratives include audio clips--of first hand accounts by people who experienced, endured and survived Jim Crow.

Interactive Maps

Find out which states supported Jim Crow laws in education, hospital & state prisons, miscengenation, public accomodations and transportation.



Web sites for Jim Crow: Freedman's Bureau & Behind the Veil

Freedman's Bureau Online

Primary documents, searchable by state, including records of "Murder and Outrages," "Freedmans' Labor Records" and "Marriage Records."


Behind The Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow Era 

Housed at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, this research effort attempts to correct historical inaccuracies of African American experiences during the period of legal segregation through the voices of those who lived it.


Richard Wright Video


Web Sites for Jim Crow: The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia


Housed on the campus of Ferris University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia has amassed the nation's largest public collection of artifacts spanning the segregation era, from Reconstruction until the civil rights movement, and beyond.  The displays are startling. The n-word is prevalent throughout, and many items portray black men as lazy, violent or inarticulate. Black women are shown as kerchief-wearing mammies, sexually charged Jezebels or other stereotypes.  

Go to the following tabs to get an idea of what is available in this amazing and shocking collection.

The Museum

This tab has a drop down list of pages that include the origins of Jim Crow, violence in the era and timelines of slavery and Jim Crow.


This tab drops down to reveal a collection of essays and imagery that describe the various types of caricatures blacks were subjected to, such as the Brute, the Picanniny and the Mammy.

Scholarly essays

Under the Resources tab, this section features a host of essays addressing present and historical racism.  Each article includes  references. 


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