United States History
Jim Crow Laws: Trivia Hunt Research Project


In the era after Reconstruction laws were created that continued to keep African Americas from achieving the "American dream." In this project, your task will be to learn about these laws and see how they affected African Americans.


To better understand what life was like for African Americans you will visit several web sites that will explain how "Jim Crow" laws were used to insure segregation. To gain this understanding, you will need to research several questions using the provided links.


The Questions You Need to Find Answers To:

  • 1. What did the term Jim Crow originally refer to? (The Jackson Sun)
  • 2. Jim Crow laws were a synonym for what kind of laws? (Creating Jim Crow, What Was Jim Crow? (Ferris State University)
  • 3. In which area of the country were most Jim Crow laws found? (The History of Jim Crow)
  • 4. Jim Crow laws were a consequence of what after Reconstruction? (The Jackson Sun)
  • 5. Who was Plessey and what did he do that would eventually cause his case to reach the Supreme Court? (Smithsonian Museum of American History)
  • 6. What was the significance of Plessey v. Ferguson? (Smithsonian Museum of American History)
  • 7. What were some of the ways in which African Americans were disenfranchised? (Ferris State University (disenfranchisement information is about 1/2 way down the page))
  • 8. What did signs like this really mean? (Smithsonian Museum of American History)
  • 9. What were the 2 most common types of "Jim Crow" Laws? (The Jackson Sun or The History of Jim Crow)
  • 10. Which of these signs do you find most offensive and why? (Library of Congress)
  • 11. Which of the Jim Crow laws do you find most offensive, and why? (The Jackson Sun or Martin Luther King Historical Site)

After completing your research:

  • Create a poster that explains one (1) Jim Crow Law in your own words.

Printable version of the Task questions and assignment (PDF File)

Jim Crow Laws in Action

At the bus station

Durham, North Carolina. May 1940.

Jack Delano, photographer.
" At the bus station."
Location: E-5153
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, Reproduction Number: LC-USF33-20522-M2


colored only drinking fountain  Bethlehem-Fairfield shipyards, Baltimore, Maryland.
May 1943.
Arthur Siegel, photographer.
" A drinking fountain." [Sign: "White."]
Location: D-90666
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, Reproduction Number: LC-USW3-26442-E

Photos from the archives of the:

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection

Please report broken links or additional link recommendations to jimrodslz@gmail.com

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