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February 2005

Race and Place: An African-American Community in the Jim Crow South: Charlottesville, VA
An in-depth look including multimedia.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

This collaborative project of the Virginia Center for Digital History and the Carter G. Woodson Institute of African and Afro-American Studies offers oral histories, political broadsides, maps, letters and photographs of the segregation period that help visitors to understand race in the context of place.
This well designed site covers a wealth of material and does it very well. Entrance to the main sections of the site is available from the front-page imagemap. Flash Player and Real One Player are required.

This multimedia collection of digitized materials provides a rich resource for teachers and students or anyone interested in the topic of segregation. It seeks to connect race with place "by understanding what it was like to live, work, pray, learn, and play in the segregated South”. Manuscript collections and oral histories help to construct the social, political, and economic history to promote a better understanding of race in the context of place. The site profiles the African American community in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the era of the “Jim Crow” laws from the late 1880s until the middle of the 20th century. The site includes oral histories, maps, census data, city records, political materials, newspapers, personal papers and images that offer insight into the life of the black community during this time.


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