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Events for Thursday February 25, 2021


Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, New-York Historical Society & PPL

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Thursday February 25, 2021
7:00 PM

Based on the New-York Historical Society's 2018-19 exhibition, this virtual presentation explores Black Americans' struggle for equality under the law from 1865 through World War I.

This presentation, offered by the New-York Historical Society's curators Lily Wong or Dominique Jean-Louis, explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War. When slavery ended in 1865, a period of Reconstruction began, leading to such achievements as the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution. By 1868, all persons born in the United States were citizens and equal under the law. But efforts to create an interracial democracy were contested from the start. A harsh backlash ensued, ushering in a half century of the “separate but equal” age of Jim Crow.

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