One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The former practice of segregating black people in the US.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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When this war comes to an end, will you herd me in a Jim Crow car like cattle?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Pilgrim is curator of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.’
- ‘Readers also will learn that black success in a Jim Crow society was necessarily grounded in betrayal of the community.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘By 1913, just as there was for schools, housing, public transportation, there was a Jim Crow section for black Civil War memory.’
- 1.1offensive A black person.
2An implement for straightening steel 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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