Jim Crow Laws


The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
Through the PBS companion site of the series "The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow," you can find many tools and resources to explore the causes and effects of Jim Crow laws on American society. Check out the interactive timelines and maps on the website by clicking on any of the subheadings on the right side.

Remembering Jim Crow
For much of the 20th Century, African Americans in the South were barred from the voting booth, sent to the back of the bus, and walled off from many of the rights they deserved as American citizens. Until well into the 1960s, segregation was legal. The system was called Jim Crow. In this documentary, Americans—black and white—remember life in the Jim Crow times through this American RadioWorks website.

Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University (MI)
Search through this website to find out more about the contents of the Jim Crow Museum and why it was established at Ferris State University.

Civil Rights Movement

Civil Rights Movement Veterans- CORE, NAACP, SCLC, SNCC
We call it the Civil Rights Movement; they call it the Freedom Movement. If you are looking for firsthand accounts of this time period, this website is phenomenal. It is rich in primary documents, personal accounts, and interactive timelines. Make sure that you check out the web links page which has an in-depth index of topics related to the movement.

Time Magazine: One Dream
Sponsored by Time Magazine, this website offers many photographs, testimonies, videos, and more related to Dr. King's "I Have a Dream," speech. This website was put together in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Interactive Version of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Speech "I Have A Dream"
This website features a unique interactive version of Dr. King's speech. It is a powerful experience.

We Shall Overcome: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
This travel itinerary was prepared as a cooperative project between the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. Both agencies have formally recognized the historic significance of the Selma-to-Montgomery march of 1965. Congress has designated, and the National Park Service administers, the Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail based on the route's national significance in American history. Check out this website for more information about this historic march that brought the Civil Rights Movement to national prominence.

International Civil Rights Center and Museum
Located in Greensboro, NC, this museum commemorates the stand of the Greensboro Four as they conducted a sit-in movement on February 1, 1960 at the F.W.Woolworth lunch counter in town. This museum opened on February 1, 2010 and hopes to educate the public about the continuing struggle for civil rights for all.

National African American History Month 2009
Although this is not a site dedicated only to the Civil Rights Movement, it is a good resource for African-American history. Scroll down the page to click on topics of interest.

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site keeps alive and furthers the legacy of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that forever changed this country’s history.

Civil Rights Digital Library
The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale. The CRDL features a collection of unedited news film and television archives.

African American Odyssey: Civil Rights Movement
Created by the Library of Congress, this website contains many primary sources about many aspects of the Civil Rights Movement as well as African American history in general.

PBS Companion Site: Eyes on the Prize
Premiering in 1987, Eyes on the Prize is an award-winning 14-hour television series produced by Blackside and narrated by Julian Bond. Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, the series covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985. Click on the link above to view video footage and read the reflections of people who were participants in the movement.

Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project
This multi-media web site brings the vital history of Seattle's civil rights movements to life with dozens of video oral histories, hundreds of rare photographs, documents, movement histories, and personal biographies. Based at the University of Washington, the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project is a collaboration between community groups and UW faculty and students.

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing (1963- 4 Little Girls)
If you are looking for more information about the Civil Rights Movement with a special focus on the four little girls who died in a church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, click on the link above. Also, make sure that you click on the links available on the page. They will lead you to FBI investigation files and photos related to this tragedy.

LSCC Black History Library
You will find a great amount of information about famous African-Americans who have contributed to the Civil Rights movement as well as others involved in different fields (politics, athletics, etc.). Make sure that you scroll down the page to find what information is available through this site.

Kids in Birmingham 1963
Find out more about life in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 from the children who lived there and experienced it. Also, students may interview the site’s storytellers by sending an e-mail through this site.

Black History: Biography Channel
You will find a great deal of information including biographies and many interactive features (timelines, games, videos, etc.) related to African-American history.

Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

History Now: Interactive History
Music was a huge part of the Civil Rights Movement. Click on the link above to hear samples of music sung by those who were involved in the Civil Rights Movement.

Songs of the Civil Rights Movement
Featured on this site are jazz and jazz/blues versions of some of the songs that sustained the civil-rights movement in the 1960s (and beyond) through the setbacks, the hardships, the failures and the many hard-won successes that have moved America ever closer to racial equality. Scroll down the page to listen to the music of famous artists like Nina Simone and Sam Cooke.