Jim-crow-law Definition

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The definition of a Jim Crow law is a law that is meant to keep white and black people separate, particularly in social settings or in social institutions.
An example of a Jim Crow law is a state law prohibiting a white man from marrying a black woman.
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(US, history) Nickname for any law which racially segregated public facilities and which was enacted in Southern and border states in the United States between 1876 and 1965.

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Singular:
jim-crow-law
Plural:
jim-crow-laws

Origin of Jim-crow-law

  • From the song Jump Jim Crow (c. 1830) which mockingly portrayed African-Americans. The term Jim Crow became a generic term for African-Americans in the early- to mid- 19th century.

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