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URLwire fo Tuesday, September 30, 2002

PBS Launches Web Site for Jim Crow TV Documentary
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PBS Launches Web Site for Jim Crow TV Documentary
 
Through fascinating interactive features, this site enables visitors to learn more about the history of Jim Crow in the United States and the real-life crusaders of the period who fought against its brutality. 
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Thirteen/WNET New York launches JIM CROW ONLINE, the official companion Web site to the PBS documentary, THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW. 

The Web site, exploring segregation from the end of the Civil War to the onset of the Civil Rights Movement, is live at http://www.pbs.org/jimcrow/

Through fascinating interactive features, this site enables visitors to learn more about the history of Jim Crow in the United States and the real-life crusaders of the period who fought against its brutality. 
 

Features include:

  • A National Struggle, which explores the role of the Jim Crow states and the federal government.  Journalists, lawyers and NAACP representatives discuss how the courts, the President and Congress helped preserve Jim Crow through their inaction and ultimately facilitated the downfall of Jim Crow.
  • A timeline that documents A Century of Segregation through historical texts, video, audio and original essays.
  • Interactive Maps that plot events and trends such as race riots, migration patterns, land ownership, lynchings, and Jim Crow laws nationally, on a state-by-state basis and locally, with pop-up windows the highlight the topics in greater detail.
  • Jim Crow Stories, which provide first-hand accounts of the people, places, organizations, and events that challenged the Jim Crow system.
  • A downloadable Intergenerational Discussion Guide that is designed to encourage communication between generations on the topic of Jim Crow.  In addition, the Education section also provides standards-based lesson plans that utilize online and video resources to encourage students to explore complex issues.
  • Tools and Activities that offer surprising facts about the Jim Crow era.
  • A Discussion Area, which provides a forum for   visitors to voice their opinions about Jim Crow related topics.
Resources and About the Series sections that offer information on other resources about Jim Crow, including the landmark PBS series, THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW, which premieres Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2002 at 10 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings.

The JIM CROW ONLINE Web site is a production of Thirteen Online of Thirteen/WNET New York.  It is produced by David McCarthy and Anu Krishnan.  Anthony Chapman is executive producer and director of Thirteen Online.

The site is funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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