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 November 2001
Remembering Jim Crow
 By Stephen Smith, Kate Ellis, and Sasha Aslanian

For much of the 20th Century, African Americans in the South were barred from the voting booth, sent to the back of the bus, and walled off from many of the rights they deserved as American citizens. Until well into the 1960s, segregation was legal. The system was called Jim Crow. In this documentary, Americans—black and white—remember life in the Jim Crow times.

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Remembering Jim Crow is produced in cooperation with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and its Behind the Veil oral history project.

Documentary Sections
Bitter Times
Jim Crow laws robbed African Americans of basic rights.

Danger, Violence, Exploitation
Blacks in the Jim Crow South faced lynchings, insults and thievery at the hands of whites.

Communities "Behind the Veil"
African Americans built vital social institutions to fight segregation and uplift the race.

Keeping the Past
Black families used oral storytelling and photography to pass along their memories of slavery and Reconstruction.

Many African Americans found subtle ways to combat the humiliation and economic hardship imposed by Jim Crow.

Whites Remember Jim Crow
In the southwestern Louisiana town of New Iberia, older whites say race relations were more peaceful during Jim Crow than they are now.

Jim Crow Laws
A sampling of repressive Jim Crow laws.

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Funding for Remembering Jim Crow was provided, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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