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Jim Crow



  • Review: When Freedom Meant the Freedom to Oppress

    by Jeff Shesol

    Jefferson Cowie's new book traces the current resurgence of racist and antigovernment radicalism through the history of George Wallace's Alabama home county. 



  • What the Jerry Jones Photo Shows About Historical Inequity in the NFL

    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has explained his presence in an anti-integration mob as an innocent coincidence. As the most powerful owner in the NFL, he likewise leads an organization that exhibits racial inequality without anyone feeling responsible for it. 



  • Monuments to the Unthinkable

    by Clint Smith

    German and European memorials to the Holocaust contrast starkly with an American memorial culture where the Confederate dead are revered, former slave plantations are tourist attractions, and state legislatures are seeking to ban the teaching of the nation's history in full. 



  • Governors DeSantis and Abbott Borrow from the Jim Crow Playbook

    by Greta de Jong

    "Immigration scholars have noted how U.S. foreign policies contributed to the poverty and violence in Central and South America that migrants are fleeing. Yet rather than acknowledge this – along with assuming the moral responsibilities it entails – some GOP leaders denigrate and dehumanize refugees to win support from voters."



  • Court Upholds Mississippi's 1890 Jim Crow Voting Law

    The framers of the state's voting laws were explicit in their intention to use the law to strip as many Black men of their right to vote as possible. A federal court recently ruled that the law, amended with nominally color-blind language, is acceptable. 


  • Is the Republican Party Willing to Purge its Extremists?

    by Jeff Kolnick

    Beginning in the 1920s, the Democratic Party began the long, difficult, and politically costly process of dissociation from white supremacy. Do today's Republicans who claim to reject extremism have the courage to do the same?



  • Questing for the Past

    by Katherine Churchill

    A nameplate in an 1864 edition of Gawain and the Green Knight led the author to discover the connections between a mythic medieval past and the Lost Cause ideology of Jim Crow Virginia. 



  • Ambushed in Eufaula: Alabama's Forgotten Racist Massacre

    In 1874 a group of Black Republicans who came to the town of Eufaula to vote were ambushed by white mobs, part of the Democratic overthrow of Reconstruction and a step toward reestablishing white supremacy in the state.



  • Alabama's Capitol is a Crime Scene, with a 120 Year Coverup

    The Alabama Capitol in Montgomery was the first seat of the Confederate government and the place where white Democrats ratified a Jim Crow constitution in 1901. You'd learn little of this by touring the museum-like building. 



  • Homer Plessy's Posthumous Pardon Finally Recognizes His Heroism

    by Keisha N. Blain

    "The decision to pardon Plessy and finally clear his record are the culmination of efforts by Keith Plessy, the great-great-grandson of Homer Plessy’s cousin, and Phoebe Ferguson, the great-great-granddaughter of John H. Ferguson, the Louisiana judge who upheld the state's Separate Car Act."