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The Long, Complicated History of the Term ‘Jim Crow’

The Evolution of Jim Crow, 1828–1841

Blackface performers in the late 1800s
Fanny Kemble didn’t think blackface was accurate, saying Northerners participating in the practice were “pale…comparisons.”
Depiction of Rice as Jim Crow
Rice without his makeup
Jim Crow became so popular that song books were produced.
Railroad cars were segregated in the North based on race and income.
Jim Crow laws affected the African American community for years.

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