Educator Resources for Jim Crow

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Slavery may have ended with the Civil War, but the Confederacy's defeat marked the beginning of a new kind of oppression. Jim Crow laws kept black and white Southerners separate in schools and restaurants, on buses and trains, and in other public areas. African Americans lived under a constant threat of white violence. They were blocked from voting and taking certain jobs. And segregation wasn't confined to the South. Up North, African Americans were shut out of certain neighborhoods, and informally barred from other so-called "white" spaces. Racist portrayals of African Americans in film and theater perpetuated stereotypes that hardened prejudices and endangered lives. What finally brought about change were the activists who courageously and doggedly fought for civil rights. Their successes in the 1950s and '60s have continued to inspire other groups—from union workers to the LGBT community—in their quest for equal treatment under the law. Click "Play" to learn how far our country has come—and how far we still have to go—in the fight towards equality.