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Jim Crow   Listen
noun
Jim Crow  n.  
1.
A negro; said to be so called from a popular negro dance song, the refrain of which is "Wheel about and turn about and jump Jim Crow," produced in 1835 by Thomas D. Rice (1808-1860), a famous negro minstrel; considered disparaging and offensive. (Offensive slang, U. S.)
2.
A legally sanctioned system of racial discrimination practised in the southern United States until declared unconstitutional in 1953 and further restricted by federal legislation, by means of which negroes were segregated and discriminated against in employment and in many places of public accommodation, such as parks, commercial establishments, and public transportation.






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Jim Crow" Quotes from Famous Books



... accepted and paid for them. They had hired an outfit, and held the cattle outside that night, but the next day, when they cut them into car lots and shipped them, they were a hundred and eighteen short. They wanted to come back on me to make them good, but, shucks! I wasn't responsible if their Jim Crow outfit ...
— The Log of a Cowboy - A Narrative of the Old Trail Days • Andy Adams

... this time that "Jim Crow" was the rage at one of the minor theatres, and as I felt interested to know how the personification would strike the boy, I sent him one night to the gallery with orders to return as soon as the piece was concluded. But the whole night passed without the appearance of my valet. Next morning ...
— Captain Canot - or, Twenty Years of an African Slaver • Brantz Mayer

... be pretty keen and sly to get the best of Mr. Crow in the end. Mr. Crow has his good points as well as his bad ones, and he helps Farmer Green a lot more than he injures him it is said. Nevertheless, Farmer Green does not figure that way,—and in justice to old "Jim Crow," you should read ...
— The Tale of Cuffy Bear • Arthur Scott Bailey



Words linked to "Jim Crow" :   pry bar, colour line, colour bar, wrecking bar, ideological barrier, color line, color bar, pry, crowbar



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