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Zoom discussion: Jim Crow in North Carolina

Jim Crow was a system of racial apartheid in the American South that lasted for nearly one hundred years, affecting every part of Southern life, from racial segregation to social etiquette. The system had many features, but its primary function was to promote and maintain a white supremacist racial order, the remnants of which are still shape our present. This event explores the history of Jim Crow in North Carolina through a conversation with historian and legal scholar Richard Paschal, author of the new book Jim Crow in North Carolina: The Legislative Program from 1865 to 1920.

Live participants also enjoyed a performance of the musical “The Movement,” a historical acapella that chronicles the fight against Jim Crow that took place in the Children’s March of 1963. (For information about the musical, go to https://www.leapnyc.org/leapartistslive.) While this recording does not include the performance, it does include a conversation with the show’s creator.

Teachers were also provided an overview of the newly launched website, On the Books, a project of UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries that provides the first-ever catalogue of searchable Jim Crow laws for the entire state of North Carolina – https://onthebooks.lib.unc.edu/. Accompanying lesson plans & resources are available under the TEACH tab of the site.

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