The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

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The landmark four-part series The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow explores segregation from the end of the civil war to the dawn of the modern civil rights movement. It was a brutal and oppressive era in American history, but during this time, large numbers of African Americans and a corps of influential black leaders bravely fought against the status quo, amazingly acquiring for African Americans the opportunities of education, business, land ownership, and a true spirit of community.

  • Barbara Johns of Farmville, Virginia

    In this video from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, learn about 16-year old Barbara Johns, a high school student who, in 1951, organized a student walk-out to protest inferior educational conditions at Moton High School in Farmville, Virginia.
    Grades: 9-12
  • The Birth of a Nation

    This video from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow highlights the 1915 film The Birth of a Nation, directed by D. W. Griffith, which presents a distorted image of African Americans in the South and created a heightened atmosphere of violence.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Black Pioneers: Building African American Communities During the Jim Crow Era

    Students are introduced to all-black, self-sustaining communities established as a response to the imposition of Jim Crow laws and practices.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Blacks and Whites in the New South

    This segment from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow illustrates the precarious and ill-defined relationships existing between whites and blacks following the Civil War.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois: The Conflict

    This video segment from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow highlights W.E.B. Du Bois’ criticism of Booker T. Washington for focusing on the economic advancement of blacks and accepting the injustices of Jim Crow.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Booker T. Washington: An Education

    This video segment from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow chronicles Booker T. Washington’s invitation to head the Tuskegee Institute and explains his philosophy of education.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Charles Hamilton Houston and His Legal Challenge Against Jim Crow

    This video fromThe Rise and Fall of Jim Crow profiles Charles Hamilton Houston, the chief council for the NAACP, and his legal challenge against Jim Crow.
    Grades: 9-12
  • Charles Hamilton Houston: Laying the Groundwork for Integration

    In this video from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, observe how Charles Hamilton Houston laid the groundwork for the Brown v. Board of Education case as he documented separate and unequal conditions for black and white students in the south.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Domestic Terror: Understanding Lynching During the Jim Crow Era

    This lesson exposes the crime of lynching and explores the many political, legal and social attempts made by individuals and organizations to seek justice.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Economics of Jim Crow

    In this lesson, students learn how the laws and practices of Jim Crow crippled many African Americans and lead to economic destabilization.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Edisto Island

    In this video segment from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, freedmen on Edisto Island receive the news that their land will be taken away.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Fighting Jim Crow in the Schools

    In this lesson students map the events in the fight for education for African Americans from the Jim Crow era to the Civil Rights movement.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Geography of Jim Crow

    In this lesson, students locate statistical information using census data from the United States Historical Census Data Browser.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Ida B. Wells: A Lifetime of Activism

    Learn about Ida B. Wells’ life-long fight for African-American civil rights in this segment from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Isaiah Montgomery Founds Mound Bayou

    This video from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow profiles Isaiah Montgomery who, in 1887, established the all-black town of Mound Bayou in the Mississippi Delta.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Jim Crow Years: People Who Made a Difference

    In this lesson, students identify individuals who distinguished themselves and made contributions to their communities during the Jim Crow era.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Law and Politics of Jim Crow

    This lesson examines the changing legal status of African Americans after slavery, the political violence that accompanied that change, and the legal challenges to Jim Crow.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Living with Jim Crow

    This lesson examines how the history of Jim Crow can be understood through the stories of individuals while still recounting a larger historical narrative.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Lucy Laney

    Lucy Craft Laney, a former slave who established the first school for black children in Augusta, Georgia, is profiled in this video from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Ned Cobb: Fighting for the Farmer

    Learn how Ned Cobb, an African American farmer, became president of the Sharecroppers Union in this segment from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow.

    Grades: 9-12

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