US History 79: What Does Freedom Mean? An Exploration of Jim Crow Practices

At first glance, the answer to our question “What Does Freedom Mean?” may appear obvious, but for black Americans living in America in the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries, the answer was restricted in many ways by Jim Crow laws designed to deny the freedom that was supposedly gained as a result of the Civil War and ensuing Constitutional amendments.  In this program, we look at some examples of those Jim Crow Laws and the steps that black Americans and their friends and allies took to fight against them and assert and make real the freedoms they deserved.  Our guest is civil rights and community activist Reverend Earl Nance, Jr., Pastor, Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church.

This program was funded in part through a grant provided by the Missouri Humanities Council.