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Library Introduction

Welcome! This guide was created to help ENG students research topics related to the Jim Crow era.

"The term "Jim Crow" came from a song in a minstrel show in the 1830s. Blackening his face in order to resemble an African American, a performer sang and danced a routine making fun of a silly black person, called "Jim Crow." Gradually this character's name came to stand for segregation and discrimination against African Americans in the late nineteenth century. The "Jim Crow" laws deprived African Americans of their civil rights and defined blacks as inferior." (

Oral Histories and Stories

  • The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow: Jim Crow Stories
    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.
  • American Memory Project - Library of Congress
    Photos and summary of Plessy v. Ferguson. Includes links to additional resources about African American history.
  • Voices of Civil Rights
    This exhibition draws from the thousands of personal stories, oral histories, and photographs collected by the "Voices of Civil Rights" project.
  • African-American Experience in Ohio
    This selection of manuscript and printed text and images drawn from the collections of the Ohio Historical Society illuminates the history of black Ohio from 1850 to 1920, a story of slavery and freedom, segregation and integration, religion and politics, migrations and restrictions, harmony and discord, and struggles and successes.
  • Timeline of African American History, 1852-1880


Me and Jim

Me and Jim c1895

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