For much of the 20th Century, African Americans in the South were barred from the voting booth, sent to the back of the bus, and walled off from many of the rights they deserved as American citizens. Until well into the 1960s, segregation was legal. The system was called Jim Crow.
These Jim Crow laws extended in various capacities, whether it was limiting education and freedom of speech, controlling access to housing and healthcare, and the ability to attain various goods and services. In this documentary, Americans—black and white—remember life in the Jim Crow times. American RadioWorks explores the danger, violence, exploitation and resistance that accompanied one of the most controversial eras of US history.