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Race & Place: An African-American Community in the Jim Crow South: Charlottesville, VA

A number of compelling studies about the complex relationship between different ethnic groups and their lived experience in various environments have come to light over the past few decades, and several of them have found their way onto the Web as well. This rather noteworthy site, created through a collaborative effort by the Virginia Center for Digital History and the Carter G. Woodson Institute of African and Afro-American Studies, intends "to connect race with place" through offering this nice multimedia archive of digitized materials including oral histories, political broadsides, photographs, maps, and letters. The time and place that is profiled is Charlottesville, Virginia, from the late 1880s until the middle of the 20th century. The community that is profiled is the African-American community, which was effectively segregated through the use of the notorious "Jim Crow" laws. While visitors will want to take a look through the various documents over an extended visit, they should definitely take a look at the transcribed articles from two African-American owned newspapers from the period that offer insight into the life of the black community during the 1890s.
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