When folksinger Daddy Rice painted his face black and sang about Jim Crow in the 1830s, he could not have imagined that his words would remain forever symbolic of the oppression felt by African-Americans in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This new online resource, sponsored in part by New York Life, is designed to aid teachers as they attempt to educate students about one of the most trying, controversial periods in the nation’s history. “The History of Jim Crow” deals with instances of racial inequality and segregation, from the horrific lynchings of African-Americans in the deep South to the emergence of the NAACP as a national voice for change and advancement. The site includes historical resources, lesson plans, and personal statements of those who experienced discrimination during the Jim Crow era. The teachers’ resource guide contains a number of useful tools, including an encyclopedia to research people and events of the time and an image gallery with several pictures of different faces and places from the past. A geography tool illustrates the states and regions where Jim Crow laws once were widespread. The site is meant to work in concert with “The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow,” a four-part television series to air on PBS this fall.
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