Jim Crowism


Jim Crow·​ism ˈjim-ˈkrō-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce Jim Crowism (audio)
: racial segregation and discrimination enforced by laws, customs, and practices in especially the southern states of the U.S. from the end of Reconstruction in 1877 until the mid-20th century : jim crow sense 1a
These letters unveil a wide range of black soldier experiences and attitudes … . Without such broad and inclusive coverage, the full scope, prevalence and subtlety of Jim Crowism in the army would have remained a matter of hearsay and doubt.Benjamin Quarles
: racist systems or beliefs : jim crow sense 2a
Real economic prosperity won't happen for Mississippi until all traces of Jim Crowism are a thing of the past.Kelly Duda

Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Jim Crowism was in 1837

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“Jim Crowism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jim%20Crowism. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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