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Jim Crow

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Pronunciation: /dʒɪmˈkrəʊ
 
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Definition of Jim Crow in English:

noun

US
1 [mass noun] The former practice of segregating black people in the US: eventually Jim Crow was abolished on interstate carriers [as modifier]: Jim Crow laws
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • By 1913, just as there was for schools, housing, public transportation, there was a Jim Crow section for black Civil War memory.
  • 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.
1.1 [count noun] offensive A black person.

Origin

mid 19th century: the name of a black character in a 19th-century plantation song.

Derivatives

Jim Crowism

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Firmly locked in place throughout the South by 1915, Jim Crowism had two cardinal features.
  • We are tired of this city using development as a new wave of Jim Crowism.

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