What Are Jim Crow Laws? - Definition, Examples & History


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The term Jim Crow originally referred to a black character in what type of piece?

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1. In 1892, Homer Plessy took a seat in a whites-only car on a train in what city or state?

2. In what year did the Supreme Court declare separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Toward the end of the 19th century, municipalities and states - primarily in the South - began enacting laws designed to enforce racial segregation in schools, libraries, restaurants, theaters, trains, buses and almost every other setting of daily life. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand Jim Crow laws and the underlying separate-but-equal rationale that kept them in place until they were finally abolished in the 1960s.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The origin of the term Jim Crow
  • The Plessy vs. Ferguson case
  • What Jim Crow referred to in the 1800s
  • The year in which the Supreme Court declared segregated schools to be unconstitutional
  • Key legislation that ended the Jim Crow era

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use the knowledge you've gained to answer questions about Jim Crow laws and challenges to racial segregation
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can define key terms such as separate but equal and Brown vs. the Board of Education
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the history of Jim Crow laws to examine why Brown vs. the Board of Education was a critical step forward for racial equality

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on the history of Jim Crow laws. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define Jim Crow laws
  • Know examples of Jim Crow Laws
  • Understand the Supreme Court decision in Plessy vs. Ferguson
  • Understand the significance of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act
  • Know important dates related to Jim Crow laws