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Life under the Jim Crow laws
George, Charles, 1949-
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Publication Information:
San Diego : Lucent Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Discusses the background and effects of the Jim Crow laws that were enacted after the Civil War to keep the races segregated.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.5 6.0 51562.
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E185.61 .G287 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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African Americans in the United States hoped for a better life after being freed from slavery, but they had to endure almost one hundred years of racial segregation and discrimination under the so-called "Jim Crow" laws before achieving that goal. This book recounts that century of struggle.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-Informative documentations of life as it existed for a large segment of the population at different times in U.S. history. Plantation presents a brief history of slavery in this country and notes some commonly held misconceptions. It discusses the different types of plantations and what life was like for a slave living on one. Discussions center on work, family, punishment and resistance, and leisure. The book is liberally illustrated with black-and-white reproductions and period photos. The text is balanced; while it describes people who were badly mistreated, it also points out that not all slave owners were vicious. Illustrated with black-and-white photos, Jim Crow is an enlightening discussion of racial segregation and the ways in which whites in this country contrived to keep African Americans at a subservient level. The origin of the term is explained along with a discussion of Plessy v. Ferguson. Other chapters describe daily life, schools, jobs, and the lack of civil rights under these repressive laws. The final chapter covers the civil rights movement. The text concludes with a statement that acknowledges that racial understanding is a never-ending process. Both titles feature boxed articles that correlate to the text and both are well documented.Excellent choices for research.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.