One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun The former practice of segregating black people in the US.‘eventually Jim Crow was abolished on interstate carriers’as modifier ‘Jim Crow laws’
- ‘They are the type of laws that supported slavery, bringing about the creation of an Uncle Tom's Cabin, and the type of laws that sustained a Jim Crow era of segregation.’
- ‘Soon after Jerry disappeared, she shook the red dust of south Georgia from her shoes, gathered her brood about her and climbed aboard a Jim Crow train.’
- ‘What Jackson did was an act of protest, not unlike what Rosa Parks committed when she refused to give in to a Jim Crow law.’
- ‘When this war comes to an end, will you herd me in a Jim Crow car like cattle?’
- ‘I recall wondering if the Sons of the Confederacy or some such organization might summon up similar chutzpah to package a Jim Crow tour of the Old South.’
- ‘Readers also will learn that black success in a Jim Crow society was necessarily grounded in betrayal of the community.’
- ‘By 1913, just as there was for schools, housing, public transportation, there was a Jim Crow section for black Civil War memory.’
- ‘Pilgrim is curator of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.’
- 1.1offensive count noun A black person.
2An implement for straightening iron bars or bending rails by screw pressure.
Mid 19th century: the name of a black character in a 19th-century plantation song.
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