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PBS presents an interactive timeline of the Jim Crow Era. Click on the topical tabs to read detailed descriptions of key events and to learn more about the day-to-day lives of African-Americans in the South from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement.
PBS presents an interactive map of Jim Crow laws throughout the United States. Click on a state to view the many laws, codes, and constitutional amendments passed in that region. You many be surprised to see just how many states outside of the Deep South enacted some sort of Jim Crow measure after the Civil War.
Browse this collection of primary and secondary source documents related to the criminal trial of Joseph F. Shipp, a sheriff tried in 1907 for his role in the lynching of black southerner Ed Johnson. The site includes the original Supreme Court case documents, witness transcripts, and newspaper accounts of the murder and the trial.
Without Sanctuary features a haunting collection of photographs taken at public lynchings throughout the United States. The images, most of them souvenir postcards, expose one of America's most disturbing—and too often ignored—legacies. Be aware that the photos displayed here are very graphic.
"The Lynching Calendar" is a site created as a memorial to the victims of lynching murders from the years 1865 to 1965. Users can read the seemingly endless lists, organized by name, date of death, and place of death. This grim inventory reminds viewers just how wide-spread and disturbingly common these vicious crimes were.
Originally a companion site for the PBS series "The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow," this resource provides students and teachers with a rich collection of essays, images, maps, and practice quizzes to aid in a well-rounded understanding of this American legacy.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Documenting the American South archive offers over 1200 sources on various aspect of southern history, including oral interviews with those who experienced North Carolina's Jim Crow laws and codes first hand.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presents "In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience," a rich and well organized website dedicated to the study of this monumental population shift. The site includes primary sources, including maps, charts, photographs, and interviews. In addition, you'll find a number of links to the full text of articles, chapters, and books on the topic written by leading historians.
"Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson" is the companion website for PBS's presentation of director Ken Burns's documentary. It features several fascinating essays about Johnson's early life, the events that led to his stardom, and the legacy he left behind after his death. We especially love the multimedia section on "The Fight of the Century" between Johnson and the white champ Jim Jeffries.