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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor: Jim Crow and Separate But Equal

6th grade reading

Jim Crow Laws and the Black Codes

Jim Crow Laws were statutes and ordinances established between 1874 and 1975 to separate the white and black races in the American South. In theory, it was to create "separate but equal" treatment, but in practice Jim Crow Laws condemned black citizens to inferior treatment and facilities.

Separate But Not Equal

Plessy vs. Ferguson - How it Affected Schools

How did Homer Plessy's arrest for sitting in a white car lead to the Supreme Court Decision that whites and blacks could have separate facilities as long as they were "equal"?  How did this lead to different schools, and were they really "equal"? Homer Plessy was 7/8 Caucasian and 1/8 African American....kicked out of the seat he paid for, because of his skin color. 

Click on the graphic above to learn more about this case.

PBS The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

Additional videos about Jim Crow