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U.S. Time Periods » 1865-1920: Modern America

Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

looks at the century of segregation following the Civil War (1863-1954). "Jim Crow," a name taken from a popular 19th-century minstrel song, came to personify government-sanctioned racial oppression and segregation in the U.S. This website describes pivotal developments during that timeā€”the Emancipation Proclamation, the Compromise of 1877, the Brown v. Board of Education decision, and others. (WNET, National Endowment for the Humanities)

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Interesting Fact:

In 1946, Irene Morgan, a black woman, boarded a bus in Virginia to go to Baltimore. She was ordered to sit in the back of the bus, as Virginia law required.
Woman and girl on steps of Supreme Court

May 17, 1954

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