Jim Crow Era
Webquest Objective: In order to confront and resist racism, we must acknowledge it and understand its history. The racist “Jim Crow” stereotypes formed and promoted in the Gilded Age continued. Today, images of African Americans are still influenced by the stereotypes formed during the “Jim Crow” Era. These images are still in our culture, but not everyone understands how they perpetuate the racist symbolism of the past. This understanding is important to promoting equality and challenging racism.

Main Websites:
PBS Rise and Fall of Jim Crow http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/index.html

Jim Crow Museum: http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/

Write in COMPLETE sentences.

1. Explain how the term "Jim Crow" came about.
Jim Crow Museum-The Museum-Origins of Jim Crow-The Original Jim Crow (Who was Jim Crow?) http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/jimcrow/who.htm







2. What are the characteristics of African Americans in these historic pictures that are examples of the racist stereotypes? Describe these stereotypes. (From Who was Jim Crow?)






3. Describe Homor Plessy’s resistance to segregation.
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, PBS-Events-Plessy vs Ferguson
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/stories_events_plessy.html







4. How did the Plessy versus Ferguson 1896 Supreme Court decision affect African Americans?





5. Why was it difficult for African Americans to vote? What were the barriers?
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, PBS-Tools and Activities-Voting Then Voting Now (do activity Try to Vote) http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/tools_voting.html









6. Read a personal narrative of your choice. Who did you choose? Note Details about their life.
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, PBS-Jim Crow Stories-People
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/stories_people.html









7. Review the interactive map of lynchings of whites and blacks between 1882-1968. Collect Data for the assigned states and generally observe regional patterns. What is your conclusion based on this data?
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, PBS-Interactive Maps-Go to the Maps-Lynchings and Riots-Lynching http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/themap/index.html

State
Lynchings of Blacks
Lynchings of Whites
Minnesota


Illinois


New York


Texas


Louisiana


Mississippi


Alabama


Georgia


Florida


Missouri


State of your choice


What is your conclusion based on this data?






8. What was the worst year for lynching?
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/shipp/lynchingyear.html



9. Read the lyrics & watch the video below. This song/poem is a protest. Describe what the message of the song. Why do you think this song was banned from the radio? Strange Fruit - Independent Lens, PBS
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/strangefruit/images/boxStrangeFruit.gif
youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnlTHvJBeP0






10. What is the most powerful line in Strange Fruit? Explain.



11. Describe the story of the lynching in Duluth, Minnesota.
http://collections.mnhs.org/duluthlynchings/index.htm












12. Select one of the personal narratives and describe what life was like for African Americans during the Jim Crow era.
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, PBS-Jim Crow Stories-Personal Narratives
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/stories_narratives.html















Jim Crow Museum: This museum shows the history of Jim Crow and the racist images that were created in our society. The mission of the museum is to challenge racism.
Jim Crow Museum-The Museum and Exihits-Jim Crow and Anti-Black Imagery http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/jimcrow/antiblack.htm1. Look through the Jim Crow Museum.

13. Describe 3 examples of caricatures of African Americans.









14. What are the characteristics of African Americans in these historic pictures that are examples of the racist stereotypes? Describe these stereotypes.











What do you believe is an example of these racist stereotypes continuing today? Do a web search, especially if you have an example in mine. (You could also see Racism in Advertising: 50 Shocking Examples: http://owni.eu/2011/03/12/racism-in-advertising-50-shocking-examples/) Describe how racist stereotypes continue today.