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Named after a popular 19th-century minstrel song that stereotyped African Americans, "Jim Crow" came to personify the system of government-sanctioned racial oppression and segregation in the United States. Listen to these compelling first-hand accounts by people who experienced, endured, and survived Jim Crow. None of the following people is famous, but all are noteworthy in their unique abilities to face -- and, often, thrive under -- extremely difficult circumstances. These are their stories.

Named after a popular 19th-century minstrel song that stereotyped African Americans, "Jim Crow" came to personify the system of government-sanctioned racial oppression and segregation in the United States. Listen to these compelling first-hand accounts by people who experienced, endured, and survived Jim Crow. None of the following people is famous... Show more

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