African American History

Addressing topics from the Transatlantic Slave Trade to present day

Jim Crow Segregation & White SupremacyUnderstanding Jim Crow - book cover


"Jim Crow is the common name used to describe the racial segregation and disfranchisement inflicted upon African Americans in the postbellum South. The term “Jim Crow” was the name of a popular, black-face minstrel show character that originated in the 1830s. This character represented the ignorant, goofy, and inferior stereotype applied to African Americans during that period in American history. Jim Crow restrictions and laws became popular in the south during the post-Reconstruction era and continued well into the 20th century."

-From Revolts, Protests, Demonstrations, and Rebellions in American History: An Encyclopedia

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Linked below are websites, online exhibits, and other digital collections with resources on topics related to African American history in the US

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Background Articles

Linked below are articles that give a general overview of the topic, largely coming from subject-specific books or other reference sources. Find more articles like this by searching in Gale Ebooks, linked on the "Library Resources" tab of this guide.

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Featured Videos

Linked below are videos both freely online through websites like YouTube or TED, as well as from the library's collection in such databases as Kanopy, Films on Demand, or Academic Video Online. Click or hover your cursor over the icon to learn more about each item.

Source: "A Race for America | The Big Picture" by Al Jazeera English , is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

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Featured Podcasts

Linked here are full podcasts or podcast episodes, as well as short audio recordings from news programs such as National Public Radio (NPR) and the like.

Featured Books & eBooks

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The Legacy of Hate Continues

“Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing. He is not a good man who, without a protest, allows wrong to be committed in his name, and with the means which he helps to supply, because he will not trouble himself to use his mind on the subject.”

-John Stuart Mill in his 1867 inaugural address at the University of St. Andrews (cited below)

More Information

Be sure to view the later tabs in the guide to find resources about the continued racial inequality, discrimination, and violence. Find related content such as...

  • On the Black Lives Matter tab - find info about the BLM movement and the more recent rise of violence & white supremacy in connection to the last few presidential elections
  • On the Mass Incarceration & Systemic Racism tab - find more info about the systems of inequality and continued impact of Jim Crow and the nation's history of slavery on black lives today

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