American Nightmare: The History of Jim Crow
Jerrold M. Packard
St Martin's Press, 2002
An overview of the Jim Crow era -- from Reconstruction to the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle
Michael Keith Keith Honey
University of California Press, 2001
Oral histories from laborers about labor organizing and Jim Crow in the workplace.
Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920
Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore
University of North Carolina Press, 1996
This book examines the role of middle-class educated black women activists -- such as Sarah Pettey Dudley and Charlotte Hawkins Brown -- who became ambassadors to the white community.
Jim Crow Guide: The Way It Was
Florida Atlantic University, 1990
This mock guidebook, originally published in 1956, covers all areas of activity where Jim Crow rules applied -- from where one could live to whom one could marry. A free online version of the book is available on
From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans
John Hope Franklin, Alfred A. Moss
McGraw Hill College Div., 1994
For over 50 years, the authoritative history of African Americans.
Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South
William Henry Chafe (Editor), et al
New Press, 2001
First-hand accounts by people in 25 communities and 10 states about the terrors they faced during the Jim Crow era. The interviews are drawn from Duke University's collection "Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South."
The Strange Career of Jim Crow
C. Vann Woodward
Oxford University Press, 2001
Originally published in 1955 and updated since, this book provides evidence that whites and blacks had not been so severely divided in the South until Jim Crow laws emerged in the 1890s.
Taps for a Jim Crow Army: Letters from Black Soldiers in World War II
Phillip McGuire (Editor)
University Press of Kentucky, 1993
African-American soldiers express their rage and disillusionment they experienced while serving in a segregated army in letters to government officials.
Teaching Equality: Black Schools in the Age of Jim Crow
University of Georgia Press, 2001
Fairclough examines the contributions African-American teachers made to the civil-rights movement.