Dan M asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Where did the term "Jim Crow" come from?

The "Jim Crow" laws gained steam after Reconstruction and Plessy v. Ferguson. Where did the term "Jim Crow" come from? Do you know of any historical resources?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    From Wikipedia:

    "The term Jim Crow comes from the minstrel show song "Jump Jim Crow" written in 1828 and performed by Thomas Dartmouth "Daddy" Rice, a white English migrant to the U.S. and the first popularizer of blackface performance. The song and blackface itself were an immediate hit. A caricature of a shabbily dressed rural black, "Jim Crow" became a standard character in minstrel shows. He was often paired with "Zip Coon," a flamboyantly dressed urban black who associated more with white culture. By 1837, Jim Crow was being used to refer to racial segregation."


  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Jim Crow is the discrimination against, or segregation of, black people in any of the myriad forms that it can take in this vast, paradoxical country of ours. Its original meaning was, disparagingly, 'a black person'. The expression has its origins in a song called "Jump Jim Crow" sung in blackface by one Thomas Dartmouth Rice in the early 19th century. Thomas Rice (1808-1860) was not the first white man to appear in blackface, but he was the person to make this form of "entertainment" popular. In 1828, he caused a sensation in Louisville with "Jump Jim Crow."

  • smock
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    A. The beginning of the word "Jim Crow" has in many cases been attributed to a white actor named Thomas D Rice who executed in black face a music-and-dance comic strip of blacks, observed as "leap Jim Crow" which first surfaced in 1832 and became used to satirize Andrew Jackson's populist regulations. as a consequence of Rice's repute, "Jim Crow" had grow to be a pejorative expression which ability "*****" via 1838. whilst southern legislatures surpassed rules of racial segregation – directed against blacks – on the top of the nineteenth century, those grew to grow to be well-called Jim Crow rules

  • 1 decade ago

    I think the term originated in political/entertainment cartoons and was used to refer to any "generic" male of African American Heritage. See Anne Carroll's Images of the New *****--there should be quite a bit there critiquing popular images from the turn of the twentieth century.

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