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Jim Crow North: The Struggle for Equal Rights in Antebellum New England

Richard Archer


The struggle to overcome Jim Crow was part of a larger movement for equal rights in antebellum New England. Using sit-ins, boycotts, petition drives, and other initiatives, African American New Englanders and their white allies attempted to desegregate schools, transportation, neighborhoods, churches, and cultural venues. They worked to secure the franchise, improve educational opportunities, enlarge employment prospects, remove prohibitions against mixed marriages, and protect fugitive slaves from recapture. Above all they sought to be respected and treated as equals in a reputedly democratic ... More

Keywords: racism, Jim Crow, African Americans, New England, reform, desegregation, antebellum, poverty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190676643
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190676643.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Archer, author
Professor of History Emeritus, Whittier College